Author:charleen-clarke

Iveco and Nikola launch Tre

Iveco, FPT Industrial and Nikola have unveiled the prototype of the remarkable Nikola Tre, the first vehicle resulting from the joint venture between CNH Industrial and Nikola Motors. The vehicle is based on the Iveco S-Way heavy-duty truck launched in July 2019. The prototype battery electric Nikola Tre 4×2 tractor is for regional applications, with a range of up to 400 km and dynamic performance equal or better than a diesel equivalent model. The vehicle will feature a modular battery […]

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Born in the USA!

The second North American Commercial Vehicle (NACV) Show recently took place in Atlanta, and we had the opportunity to check out the wares of the 473 exhibitors and learn about the latest technologies at play globally (see page 14 of this issue for the latest on vehicle autonomy) The North American Commercial Vehicle Show featured the biggest names in Class 8 trucks and trailers, including Daimler, Dana, Hino Trucks, Hyundai, Kenworth, Mack, Navistar’s International, Peterbilt and Volvo. The show took […]

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Face to face with Bandag’s John Laskarides

If there is one man who is a real icon of the tyre industry in South Africa, it’s John Laskarides, the CEO of Bandag. CHARLEEN CLARKE went face to face with him First up, where does the Bandag name come from? The global company was formed in 1957, when an American businessman by the name of Roy Carver purchased the rights to a revolutionary precured retreading process from its German inventor, Bernard Anton Novak. The name Bandag comes from his […]

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Traton Innovation Day: lights, camera, action!

Last month, we mentioned that we would be attending the Traton Innovation Day at Scania’s headquarters in Södertälje, Sweden. We were promised a host of innovations, and the group certainly didn’t disappoint The day kicked off with a presentation from Traton CEO Andreas Renschler, who touched on the multifaceted challenges faced by the commercial vehicle industry, including in particular the significant transformation towards alternative drive systems and systems with reduced CO₂ emissions, as well as the considerably fast pace at […]

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Traton focuses on innovation

As you read this issue of FOCUS, we will be in Sweden, attending the first-ever Traton Innovation Day (we’re hoping that the company will host many more of these events). Just in case you’re not a regular reader of FOCUS, the Traton Group has three brands: MAN, Scania and Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus. They’re arch-rivals in many markets, but the Group is hoping to benefit by collaboration between the brands. “One thing is certain: by working collaboratively, there are greater […]

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Hyundai launches electric scooter

The Hyundai Motor Group has developed a new prototype electric scooter with rear-wheel drive, a highly capable lithium battery and stylish front and rear lights. It also has suspension on the front wheel in order to provide a smooth ride, even on rough surfaces. The latest concept features in Hyundai Motor Group plans to enable first- and last-mile mobility by integrating the scooter with future Hyundai and Kia vehicles. When mounted on a vehicle, the scooter is charged automatically using […]

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F-Max is Russia’s Truck of the Year!

Following its International Truck of the Year (ITOY) 2019 success, the has now won the Truck of the Year award in Russia. The winner of this prestigious award is chosen by journalists from specialist transport publications in Russia. The award ceremony was held during the Comtrans 2019 exhibition, in which Ford Trucks also participated. (Read more about Comtrans on page 34 of this issue of FOCUS.) Ford Trucks vice president Serhan Turfan tells FOCUS that the F-Max’s victory confirms that […]

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A celebration of anniversaries and novelties

The Comtrans international commercial vehicle trade fair was held in Moscow from September 3 to 7. And, as our Russian writer reports, it was a fair full of anniversaries and novelties. Story and photographs by VLADIMIR CHEKHUTA All Europe’s giants of transport machinery and well-known commercial vehicle producers from Russia and Asian countries flocked to this year’s Comtrans. In fact, more than 265 companies from 13 countries presented their wares at the show. It was interesting to see several companies […]

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Iveco launches S-Way

The long-awaited successor to the Stralis, the S-Way, has been launched in Europe. The new S-Way features a new cab boasting a driver-centric design. It is said to provide first-rate living and working conditions with a spacious environment, outstanding driving ergonomics, and a well-planned layout that combines functionality with comfort. The design also addresses driver safety with a reinforced structure and much-improved visibility all around and in all conditions. The new design optimises aerodynamic performance, further increasing the vehicle’s excellent fuel efficiency by up […]

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Sprinter is best large van

The ever-popular Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has scooped yet another award: Large Van of the Year by Company Van Today. “The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has long been the king of the large-van segment, and the new model has only accelerated that position thanks to new levels technology and quality,” says Company Van Today editor Tom Webster. “The Sprinter sets a high standard, is a desirable and capable vehicle available with a variety of options that will suit any customer use, and has a […]

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