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The Show Floor of IAA In Germany

Upcoming Volvo partner Chinese Dongfeng Commercial Vehicles exhibited at IAA for the first time ever. On the floor were three main truck models covering medium and heavy trucks for long distance transport, medium distance transport and city transport.

The IAA Commercial Vehicles show is one of the world’s most important trade fairs for trucks, transport and logistics. The number of exhibitors increased by 9%, to 2,066 this year and there was a global reprsentation of exhibitors originating from 45 different countries. Our European Editor Sven-Erik Lindstrand was on the show floor, taking pictures of the sights in Hanover, Germany. 

 

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Tags: IAA, Germany, Trade Show, Volvo Trucks, Europe, Events, Global

Visit to a Chinese Truckstop

We visited a Chinese truck park on a rainy day.

As part of an international media event showcasing Shell's new lubricants technology center in Shanghai, journalists got to visit a "truck park" in an industrial area outside the city where the Shell roadshow was being held.

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Tags: China, Shell, Truckstops, Global

Shell's New Shanghai Tech Center

The ninth floor is a customer education area, esplaining lubrication basics. (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. (Read full story here.)

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Tags: China, Shell Lubricants, Global, Engine Oil

Scania, VW Key to Commercial Truck Growth

Scania's first truck dating from 1902. It carried 1.5 tons of cargo and was equipped with a 2-cylinder, 12-horsepower engine placed under the driver's seat. Top speed was 12 km/h.

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.

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Tags: Volkswagen, Scania, Global

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.

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Tags: Meritor, FIA Truck Racing, Global

2013 Tokyo Motor Show

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. Get a feel for the show with this photo gallery from HDT International Editor Sven-Erik Lindstrand.

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Tags: Volvo, Hino, Isuzu, Daimler Trucks, Japan, Global, UD

Vocational Trucks at 2013 Bauma Construction Show

Exhibitors served non-stop outdoor demonstrations of equipment.

An impressive 530,000 visitors from over 200 countries converged on the Messe München exhibition center in Munich, Germany, between April 15 and 21 for the giant construction equipment show, Bauma, where there were also plenty of vocational trucks on display. (Photos by Sven-Erik Linstrand, European Editor)

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Tags: Vocational, Global, Bauma

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