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First new International truck branding emerges

First new International truck branding emerges

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON details the first re-designated International truck family for North America, notes what appears to be the sad end to the Caterpillar truck story, looks at a whole slew of new Indian trucks, and gives a brief account of an interesting new product range from Mahindra and Mahindra

 
MAN goes lightweight!

MAN goes lightweight!

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON reports on MAN’s imminent entry into the integral van market, looks at a rather strange beast that has emerged in Australia, reports on a novel new way to steer trailer axles, and details some interesting 2015 truck market comparisons.

 
Will the GAZelle be better with Isuzu power?

Isuzu to take Gaz to the world?

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON reports on an interesting new alliance between GAZ of Russia and Japan’s Isuzu Motors; expands the story on Iveco’s “Truck of the Year” Eurocargo; and notes Daimler’s increased investment in its Detroit operation to manufacture transmissions and mid-range engines for the United States (US) market.

 
With 1,8 million T5 Transporters implicated in the VW emissions scandal, the possibility of heavier commercial vehicles being affected is real.

Will the Volkswagen debacle have any Implications for Trucking?

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON details the story of Volkswagen’s “defeat device” thus far, and asks if there will be any implications for the company’s truck operations; reports on a somewhat surprising new trucking alliance between General Motors and Navistar; looks at two “new-technology” truck operations; and reports on an interesting new Mercedes-Benz truck from Brazil.

   
Caterpillar to build its own trucks

Caterpillar to build its own trucks

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON notes what appears to be the final act in the Navistar/Caterpillar cooperation, reports on PACCAR’s growing Stateside success with its own engine family, reflects on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter’s 20th anniversary, and examines some interesting new trailer-reversing technology.

 
Ford has retaken total production and driveline responsibility for its North American cruiserweight truck range.

Ford ramps up truck involvement

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON discloses the most recent significant developments in Ford’s reawakening truck interest, reports on Australian testing of Allison’s ten-speed automatic transmission, and further clarifies the Navistar International situation “down under”

 
Mercedes-Benz has announced detailed improvements to its OM 471, the European member of its global heavy-duty engine family.

Mercedes improves the OM 471

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON details the upgraded European version of Mercedes-Benz’s global diesel engine family, makes some comments and suggestions regarding the possible globalisation of Volkswagen’s Constellation family, and details Dongfeng’s KX “Kinland Flagship”

   
Busy brizzy truck show

Busy brizzy truck show

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON takes a look at interesting exhibits at the Brisbane Truck Show, updates developments at Daimler’s Indian commercial vehicle operations and reveals a surprising turn in relations between General Motors and Isuzu.

 
Volkswagen organises its truck and bus interests

Volkswagen organises its truck and bus interests

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON looks at Volkswagen’s new trucking structure, reports on yet another technological innovation from Volvo, follows Daimler’s autonomous technology across the Atlantic, and discovers an interesting new link between speciality vehicle builder Oshkosh and Scania.

 

 
ACCO still goes on …

ACCO still goes on …

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON revisits the continuing ACCO story, positions and details Eaton’s new dual-clutch transmission, and measures the recent success of European vans in North America.

   
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