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VW tries V6 TDI in Amarok to tackle dominant Hilux

25 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Is there a market for a £40,000 pick-up? There is. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ UK outpost is in fact so confident of the revised Amarok’s success that it has dropped the previous four-cylinder variants and installed a 3.0-litre V6 diesel in their place.

Skoda Auto future models - a global analysis

15 November 2016 | Glenn Brooks

Following the recent reviews of Volkswagen and Audi future vehicles, this, the third of a six-part series, concerns Skoda. It will be followed by a look at what's ahead for SEAT. After this comes Bentley, Lamborghini and Bugatti, to be followed by Porsche in chapter six, the last of these being the final part of the overall analysis of the Volkswagen Group's passenger car plans.

VW revs up its global CV ambitions - ANALYSIS

6 September 2016 | Colin Whitbread

Volkswagen’s intent to acquire a 16.6% (post dilution) stake in Lisle, Illinois-based Navistar, coupled with a strategic technology and supply cooperation and the establishment of a purchasing joint venture represents a significant step forward for the German company’s global ambitions, ambitions that have so far been tempered by a lack of presence in the North American heavy truck sector. 

What will a Tesla electric truck look like?

16 August 2016 | Dave Leggett

Just what would a Tesla electric freight truck look like? It’s a question that many in the auto industry have been asking after the latest visionary bulletin (Master Plan, Part Deux) from Tesla founder and talisman Elon Musk. 

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Engine downsizing has peaked say Federal Mogul

4 July 2016 | Calum MacRae

In a wide-ranging interview, as part of Federal Mogul Powertrain’s recent Technology Briefing days held in Augsburg, Germany just-auto’s Calum MacRae interviewed the division’s Chief Technology Office, Gian Maria Olivetti. Mr Olivetti has been with Federal Mogul since 2007. Before Federal Mogul he enjoyed stints at Fiat Powertrain Technologies and Iveco. 

Interview with Ford of Britain's MD

18 September 2015 | Calum MacRae

At the 2015 IAA, we caught up with Ford of Britain’s newly-appointed chairman and managing director Andy Barratt. Prior to taking up his new role he had served as Ford of Britain’s director of sales since 2011.

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just-auto Plus only MAN/CNL ink eTruck development partnership deal

21 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

From the end of 2017, MAN and CNL member companies will be testing electrically-powered trucks for various purposes in daily service. By starting to manufacture electric trucks at its Steyr site,...

just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz to begin eTruck small series test

17 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

This year, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is bringing the world´s first all-electric heavy-duty truck to market in a small series. Following the presentation of the Urban eTruck with 25 t perm. GVW and...

Merecedes plans low volume electric truck trial

15 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

This year, Mercedes-Benz Trucks is bringing the world's first all-electric heavy-duty truck to market in a trial small series. Following the presentation of the Urban eTruck with 25 tonne GVW and a range of up to 200km (120 miles) at the International Commercial Vehicle Show in 2016, the first vehicles will be delivered to customers this year.

Dana buying some US Manufacturing Corporation ops

13 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Dana Incorporated said it had agreed to purchase axle housing and driveline shaft manufacturing operations from US Manufacturing Corporation (USM).

Russia January passenger and LCV sales dip 5%

13 February 2017 | Simon Warburton

Russia's Association of European Businesses (AEB) says January sales of new passenger cars and LCVs decreased by 5% last month, representing a slightly disappointing performance from December's fall of just 1%.

just-auto Plus only Cummins Q4 2016 revenue down 6%

10 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Cummins on 9 February 2017 reported results for the fourth quarter of 2016. Fourth quarter revenues of US$4.5bn decreased 6% from the same quarter in 2015, largely reflecting lower...

just-auto Plus only Scania begins battery electric bus trial in Sweden

9 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Scania will start its first field tests of coming battery electric buses in the northern Swedish city of Östersund. Three Scania Citywide LF buses will be in operation from the end of 2017...

Scania to build CV assembly facility in Thailand

7 February 2017 | Dave Leggett

Scania says it has identified Thailand as one of the key markets in Asia and is expanding its industrial and commercial presence in the country.

just-auto Plus only Eaton Q4 2016 sales down 4%

3 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Power management company Eaton Corporation on 2 February 2017 announced that net income and operating earnings per share were US$1.12 for the fourth quarter of 2016. Net income per share in the...

Volvo Group sales up 4% in Q4 2016

1 February 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Truck maker Volvo Group has reported operating income of SEK5,660m (US$648m) on sales of SEK82.6 bn in Q4 2016.

just-auto Plus only Paccar reports US$521.7m income in 2016

1 February 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

“Paccar reported very good annual revenues and profitability in 2016. Paccar achieved its 78th consecutive year of net income,” said Ron Armstrong, chief executive officer....

FTA takes Brexit customs plea to UK Parliament

30 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Freight Transport Association (FTA) has drawn up five priorities for customs and border arrangements, as the UK prepares to formally notify the European Union (EU) it will withdraw from the Brussels association on 31 March.

British commercial vehicle production flat in 2016

26 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

British commercial vehicle manufacturing remained broadly steady in 2016, with a 0.6% decline, according to data compiled by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) which announced 93,924 vans, trucks, buses and coaches were built here last year, "driven by booming foreign demand".

Tata Motors launches Starbus electric and hybrid

26 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Tata Motors has unveiled its Starbus Electric 9m, Electric 12m and  Starbus Hybrid 12m buses, as well as showcasing India's first fuel cell bus (12m), LNG-powered (12m) and 18m articulated vehicles.

FTA backs British PM's tariff-free Brexit wish

20 January 2017 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Freight Tariff Association (FTA) says it supports UK Prime Minister, Theresa May's Brexit vision of "tariff-free and frictionless trade."

just-auto Plus only VW Truck and Bus sales up 3% in 2016

20 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Volkswagen Truck & Bus sold around 184,000 trucks and buses under the MAN, Scania and Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus brands in fiscal year 2016. This marks a 3% increase...

Navistar does Dana driveline deal

10 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Dana announced it had entered into a multi-year commercial sales agreement with Navistar International for driveline components for on-highway, city-delivery, bus, and vocational vehicles.

Tianjin adds 500 electric buses to its fleet

9 January 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China’s northern city of Tianjin took delivery of 500 electric buses last week for use as public service vehicles, according to local reports.

Navistar reports US$34m loss in Q4

21 December 2016 | Dave Leggett

Navistar International Corporation has announced a fourth quarter 2016 net loss of US$34m, or $0.42 per diluted share, compared to a fourth quarter 2015 net loss of $50m, or $0.61 per diluted share. Revenues in the quarter were $2.1bn.

just-auto Plus only Cummins Westport begins ISB6.7 G engine production

20 December 2016 | just-auto plus Extended News

Cummins Westport (CWI), on 8 December, 2016, announced the ISB6.7 G, a 6.7 litre midrange, factory built natural gas engine is now fully available as a production engine for shuttle bus, medium...

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