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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.

 
Quester Enhanced

Quester Enhanced

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON brings the UD Quester story up to date, tracks new developments at the related Volvo Eicher operation, describes a “different” promotional exercise from Ford, looks at Mercedes-Benz’s two-pronged advance on the American van market, and reports on the 2014 implosion of truck sales in the United Kingdom (UK)

 
The addition of Dongfeng Commercial to  the Volvo Group creates a potentially  world-leading alliance.

Volvo’s hugely important link with Dongfeng passes regulatory muster

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON updates the Volvo/Dongfeng partnership while discussing some of its prospects, takes a modern-day look at Mack (the Bulldog brand), and comments on reports of Hyundai’s commercial vehicle plans

   
100 not out! Global Focus scores a ton!!

100 not out! Global Focus scores a ton!!

FRANK BEETON has written about numerous important industry highlights over the past nine years. In this 100th edition of Global Focus, he recalls some of the key issues, and adds up-to-date comments on subsequent developments.

 
Fiat Powertrain Technologies – An emerging force in global engine supply

Fiat Powertrain Technologies – An emerging force in global engine supply

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON writes about the emergence of Fiat Powertrain Technologies as a global force in the “loose engine” business, reviews some predictions for the global truck market, discovers a move to AMT by Tata, and details Hyundai’s first entry into the “EuroVan” sector

 
Volvo Trucks has introduced a methane gas-fuelled version of the FE distribution range.

The gas alternative – gaining ground

In his monthly review of global news for local truckers, FRANK BEETON looks at some new developments in gas-fuelled trucks, and discusses their relevance to local operators, examines Hino’s Australian “hot rod” light truck and its cheeky advertising campaign, recalls a once-famous name that lives on in a new guise, and details MAN’s new top-of-the-range Euro-6 engine.

   

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