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Goodbye Nissan Diesel, hello UD Trucks Corporation!

Goodbye Nissan Diesel, hello UD Trucks Corporation!

As reported in FOCUS last month, Japanese truck manufacturer Nissan Diesel Motor Company has changed its corporate identity: to UD Trucks Corporation. Effective from 1 February 2010, the new name reflects Nissan Diesel’s long-standing practice in other parts of the world of branding and badging many of its vehicles “UD”.

 
Mahindra Navistar rising

Mahindra Navistar rising

In our December review of prospects for the world’s major truck manufacturers, Global Focus commented on the developing joint venture between Navistar International Corporation and Caterpillar, now operational under the imaginative name of NC2 Global LLC, and the rolling out of Navistar’s own joint ventures in India and China.

 
Tough year for global manufacturers

Tough year for global manufacturers

As we approach the end of 2009, the world’s leading truck manufacturers find themselves facing a number of substantial issues. Although the final numbers are not yet in, most major truck markets have been severely depressed this year...

 
Alternative trucking solutions

Alternative trucking solutions

As the economic recession drags on, truck launches, manufacturer partnerships and the drive to find sustainable transport solutions continues, in hopes of a better trucking future.

   
The road to recovery

The road to recovery

As the global recession claims more and more victims, the truck industry has had to come up with ways to stay afloat.

Readers of the quarterly review articles in FOCUS will be aware that the South African market for commercial vehicles over 3 500 kg gross vehicle mass (GVM), for the initial six months of 2009, was 48.2% of the total volume of sales recorded during the equivalent period one year earlier.

 
Trucking down under

Trucking down under

For a look at what the South African truck market can expect in the near future, FRANK BEETON discusses what went down at the Brisbane Truck show.

 
Truck manufacturers become self-reliant

Truck manufacturers become self-reliant

For some time, Global FOCUS has been commenting on the emergence of the new truck manufacturing “culture” in the United States, where the leading brands are moving increasingly away from the traditional practice of offering a very wide selection of driveline aggregates, bought-in from specialist suppliers such as Cummins, Detroit Diesel, Caterpillar, Eaton/Fuller, Spicer ArvinMeritor and Dana.

   
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Trucking On

With General Motors feeling the pinch, other major manufacturers such as Tata Motors and Mercedes-Benz continue to roll out new models and engines.

 
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BIG developments in face of global crisis

As Navistar and Caterpillar join forces, Daimler AG and Hero call it quits on their proposed joint venture. The global financial crisis has sent vehicle sales plunging into freefall in many parts of the world. Following a 10-year period of uninterrupted growth, the Australian truck market has not escaped the impact of reduced demand,

 
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2009 Runs with 2008 Fallout

The sale of Volkswagen Caminhöes e Ônibus, Volkswagen’s (VW’s) Brazilian truck and bus-building operation, to affiliate MAN AG, was completed in the first quarter of 2009. The deal, valued at R13.3 billion, allows VW to focus its corporate energies on passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, while setting the scene for an enormously powerful global truck alliance

   
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