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September 23, 2014 - Industry News

Survey Finds 3PL CEOs Confident About Future Growth in the Industry

The chief executives of third-party logistics providers are confident about the current state and future revenue growth of their companies and regional 3PL industries, according to an annual survey.

Tags: Penske Logistics, Survey, Manufacturing, 3PL, Global

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Shares its Vision of the Future

When Daimler Trucks revealed to the world the first truly autonomous on-highway truck, it was digitally camouflaged to prevent anyone, including competitors, from getting a close look at it. In Hanover, Germany, the day before the official opening of the 2014 International Commercial Vehicle show (IAA), Daimler took the wraps of the truck and showed the worlds its vision of the future.

Tags: Daimler Trucks, Global, Future Trucks, IAA

September 22, 2014 - Industry News

IAA Commercial Vehicles Event to Showcase Trucking Innovations

The 65th IAA Commercial Vehicles exhibition is set to begin Sept. 25 at the Hanover Fairgrounds in Hanover, Germany. The week-long event runs through Oct. 2 and will feature 2,066 exhibitors from 45 countries and the world premieres of 322 new vehicles and innovations.

Tags: Emissions, Fuel Efficiency, IAA, Auto Shows, Germany, Future Trucks, Global, Events

September 15, 2014 - Industry News

Germany’s ZF Purchasing TRW Automotive

ZF Friedrichshafen of Germany is buying Michigan-based TRW Automotive Holdings, creating one of the world's largest companies in the vehicle supplier business.

Tags: TRW Automotive, Mergers & Acquisitions, Suppliers, ZF Friedrichshafen, Global

July 31, 2014 - Industry News

Paccar: No Merger Talks with VW

In early July, a top Daimler Trucks official told reporters that fellow German company Volkswagen would make a bid to buy American truck maker Paccar. VW denied it the rumor at the time, and now Paccar has come out with a statement as well.

Tags: Paccar, Volkswagen, Navistar, Global, Mergers & Acquisitions

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler to Bring New Mid-Size Vito Cargo Van to North America

The new Vito van is seen as a global model like the Sprinter.

The automotive industry has been speculating for quite some time that the popular Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans could get a smaller cousin in North America in the form of the Mercedes-Benz Vito van, and now it appears that it is indeed in the works.

Tags: Cargo Vans, Mercedes-Benz, Global, Daimler AG

July 29, 2014 - Industry News

Growth in Important Markets Boosts 2014 IAA International Truck Show

Keynote speaker was Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), which is organizing the IAA Show. Photo: Nico Hertgen

The world's largest commercial truck show, the bi-annual IAA event in Hannover, Germany, is coming up in late September and will reflect economic conditions in some of the world's most important truck markets.

Tags: IAA, Events, Global

July 10, 2014 - Industry News

Remotely Controlled Double-Trailer Rig Parks Precisely at ZF Demo

The tractor’s steering and movement are remotely controlled by a man with special app on a tablet computer. It sends the pup trailer in the proper path, and the semitrailer and tractor follow along, guided by the ZF app’s computations. Photo: ZF Freidrichshafen AG

The ZF Innovation Truck demonstrates how a driver could walk along with a tablet or cell phone, telling the combination vehicle where to go. This could boost efficiency for fleets, the company said this week during a press event that also highlighted a new transmission that could be offered eventually in North America.

Tags: Fleet Efficiency, ZF Friedrichshafen, Remote Controls, Future Trucks, Transmissions, Longer Combination Vehicles, Global

July 9, 2014 - Industry News

New Central America Canal Route Unveiled, Impact on World Shipping Uncertain

A new trade route has been settled on linking the Pacific Ocean with the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean, which could be a boon that changes the face of container shipping, or be a boondoggle.

Tags: Surface Trade, Panama Canal, Global, Intermodal

July 7, 2014 - Industry News

Daimler Trucks Unveils Long-Term Plan for Autonomous-Driving Trucks

Daimler Trucks' Future Truck 2025, disguised in black and white adhesive foil, obscuring the exterior contours. (PHOTO: Daimler Trucks)

Daimler Trucks on Thursday shared its vision of the future of trucking trucks that can drive themselves, saying they could help solve the driver shortage problem -- but not by taking drivers out of trucks altogether. The autonomous truck project, called Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025, was demonstrated on a section of the A14 Autobahn.

Tags: Drivers, Daimler Trucks, Global, Future Trucks, Automated Driving

July 3, 2014 - Industry News

Rumors Say Volkswagen to Bid for Paccar; VW Denies it

Rumors have been around for a while that Volkswagen will try to buy a U.S. truck maker. Earlier rumors centered on International, but the latest is Paccar, with Reuters running a story Thursday about takeover plans and VW denying it.

Tags: Paccar, Volkswagen, Global, Mergers & Acquisitions

June 30, 2014 - Industry News

Shell Shows Off New Lubricants Technology Center in China

The second-floor lab in the new Shell Technology Center in Shanghai focuses on basic testing such as viscosity, cold cranking ability, foaming and pumpability. (Photo courtesy Shell)

Shell Lubricants opened up its newest technology center in Shanghai, China, last week to the first group of foreign journalists to tour the facility, which opened in March. The new facility will focus on Asia, the fastest-growing regional lubricants market in the world, but also will be part of a global R&D network that will impact North American lubes as well.

Tags: China, Lubricants, Shell Lubricants, Global, Engine Oils

June 20, 2014 - Industry News

Bergstrom Names Gordon Global Vice President of Truck Sales

As a result of enhanced global collaboration and coordination within the trucking industry, Bergstrom has promoted Bill Gordon to Global Vice President Truck.

Tags: People, Global, Bergstrom

June 10, 2014 - Industry News

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/

Tags: China, Tires, Hankook Tire, Global

May 23, 2014 - Industry News

Meritor Developing Fuel-Saving Drive Axle

The LogixDrive 17XEVO axle in European trim. It may come to North America in 2015, Meritor says.

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.

Tags: Meritor, Drivetrains, Axles, Fuel Economy, Global

April 9, 2014 - Industry News

Cummins, Foton Launch Engine Joint Venture for China

Jointly developed by Foton Motor and Daimler AG for sale in the huge China market, Auman GTL cabovers and their Cummins ISG diesels were tested in China, Tibet and the U.S

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.

Tags: Diesel, Cummins, China, Foton Motor, Global, Engines

December 3, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Japan, Global, Tokyo Motor Show

December 2, 2013 - Industry News

Tokyo Motor Show: Commercial Vehicles Are Back to Basics

The Tokyo Motor Show is held every two years.

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.

Tags: Japan, Global, Tokyo Motor Show

November 18, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Mexico, Daimler Trucks, Global

November 17, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Volvo, Mexico, Daimler Trucks, Global

October 16, 2013 - Industry News

Volvo Restructuring Truck Manufacturing in Europe

The plant in Umea will be further specialized in its main core business, including the painting of cabs.

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.

Tags: Global, Volvo Group

September 16, 2013 - Industry News

Cummins Introduces New Global Engine Platform

For on-highway markets, the G Series Heavy-Duty engine platform will be introduced as the Cummins ISG11 and Cummins ISG12 (shown here).

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.

Tags: Emissions, Cummins, Engines, Global

September 11, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Mitsubishi Fuso, Renault-Nissan Alliance, Daimler, Collaboration, Global

September 11, 2013 - Industry News

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.

Tags: Volvo, Global

August 22, 2013 - Industry News

Smith Electric to Form Joint Venture in Taiwan

Smith Electric Vehicles has signed a letter of intent to form a joint venture with Taikang Technology Corp. in Taiwan. Taikang Technology, a commercial vehicle manufacturer in Taiwan, has twenty-five years of automotive experience and has expertise in upfitting specialized municipal commercial vehicles.

Tags: Smith Electric Vehicles, Mergers & Acquisitions, EVs, Alternative Fuels & Hybrids, Global

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