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SAIC future models - Maxus and LDV

3 September 2020 | Glenn Brooks

Commercial vehicles are having a stonking year in China, sales surging as provincial government lavish cash upon infrastructure projects and small businesses also invest in new vans. SAIC, via its Maxus brand, is one of the many winners from this, the LCV market more than doubling in July.

PSA-FCA’s proposed merger just got messy and there’s no clear pathway out

19 June 2020 | Calum MacRae

On 17th June the European Commission (EC) announced it was opening an in-depth investigation into the proposed PSA-FCA merger due to concerns over the merged company’s dominant market share in light commercial vehicles (LCVs) under 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight (GVW).

GM sells an Indian factory - the week

24 January 2020 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors' abandonment of India took another step when China's Great Wall Motors (GWM) confirmed it had agreed to buy The General's remaining car plant in Talegaon in the state of Maharashtra. As GM retreats (also from South Africa), the acquisition, which is expected to be completed in the second half of 2020, will speed up the Chinese automaker's entry into one of the world's most promising automotive markets.

What Amazon and Ford see in future Rivian EVs

4 October 2019 | Glenn Brooks

Not even at the frothiest heights of the dot com bubble two decades ago would speculators have taken the plans of any start-up car company seriously. Now, even though the suds are bursting all over China, in the USA, extraordinary amounts of money continue to be poured into certain would-be electric vehicle makers. Leading the charge, so to speak, is Rivian Automotive, a company which appears to have the products and backers to make it big. Possibly.

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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. 

Q&A with Ford of Britain MD on customer focus and One Ford’s successes

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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UK CV production down in August

25 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

August commercial vehicle production in the UK fell 11.5% year on year (better than cars) with 4,915 vans, taxis, trucks and buses manufactured.

just-auto Plus only Volta Trucks to appoint new Chairman and Board Member to accelerate the company’s momentum

25 September 2020 | just-auto plus

Following the recent launch of the Volta Zero, the first purpose-built full-electric large commercial vehicle, Volta Trucks will announce the appointment of a new Chairman of the Board of Directors...

RHA "extremely sceptical" on UK post-transition readiness

24 September 2020 | Simon Warburton

Britain's Road Haulage Association (RHA) says it remains "extremely sceptical" concerning the UK government's readiness for the end of the Brexit transition period.

Mercedes BEV trucks not quite a one-line project at Woeth

23 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz will not be building the new eActros electric truck entirely on the same assembly line as ICE models, starting in 2021.

Japan to conduct AV bus demonstration experiment

22 September 2020 | Simon Warburton

Sotetsu Bus, Gunma University and Japan Mobility are to conduct a demonstration experiment of autonomous driving by remote monitoring and operation on 5 October and 14 October, during the Autumn Satoyama Garden Festa.

BYD sells electric buses to Finland

22 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

BYD has made its first Finnish sales to Nobina, a public transport operator.

just-auto Plus only Daimler Buses India successfully produces FUSO Buses for export markets

22 September 2020 | just-auto plus

Daimler Buses India began production of FUSO branded 9-ton buses for export markets in October 2019. Since then, production of fully-built FUSO School and Staff Buses serving UAE markets...

just-auto Plus only NFI begins piloting Volvo VNR Electric heavy-duty trucks in Southern California

22 September 2020 | just-auto plus

Volvo Trucks North America announced that third-party supply chain solutions provider NFI began piloting two Volvo VNR Electric trucks as part of the Volvo LIGHTS (Low Impact Green Heavy...

Nikola shares plunge as founder quits - report

21 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

Shares of electric truck maker Nikola fell 34% on Monday after founder Trevor Milton stepped down as executive chairman following a public squabble with a short-seller over allegations of nepotism and fraud, Reuters reported.

just-auto Plus only Daimler Trucks presents technology strategy for electrification – world premiere of Mercedes-Benz fuel-cell concept truck

21 September 2020 | just-auto plus

Truck manufacturer Daimler Trucks today presented its technology strategy for the electrification of its vehicles, ranging from urban distribution to international long-haul transport, thus...

Autonomous bus makes debut in China

18 September 2020 | Dave Leggett

A medium-sized bus equipped with autonomous driving tech has made its debut in Chongqing municipality at a new testing site, according to a China Daily report.

Hyundai to supply electric trucks for local deliveries in Thailand

17 September 2020 | editorial team

Hyundai Glovis, a logistics company affiliated with Hyundai Motor Group, signed a deal with a leading Thai conglomerate, Charoen Pokphand Group, to provide logistics services.

Scania launches first fully electric truck

17 September 2020 | Simon Warburton

Scania has launched its first fully electric truck. 

Mack Trucks to commercialise LR Electric

17 September 2020 | Simon Warburton

Volvo Group’s American subsidiary, Mack Trucks has announced plans to commercialise the Mack LR Electric, its refuse model equipped with a fully electric integrated Mack drivetrain.

just-auto Plus only Bosch and Weichai Power increase efficiency of Weichai truck diesel engines to 50 percent

17 September 2020 | just-auto plus

Bosch and the Chinese engine manufacturer Weichai Power have made a huge leap forward in engine technology. The two partners have successfully increased the efficiency of Weichai diesel...

just-auto Plus only Mack LR Electric to begin production in 2021

17 September 2020 | just-auto plus

Mack Trucks announced plans to commercialize the Mack LR Electric, its revolutionary refuse model equipped with a fully electric integrated Mack drivetrain. Orders for the Mack LR...

just-auto Plus only Scania’s new hybrid truck with 60 km electric range

17 September 2020 | just-auto plus

Scania’s new plug-in hybrid truck, with an electric range of up to 60 kilometres, combines the best of two worlds.  It offers the flexible opportunities of the combustion...

Renault recruits Toyota's Lucio Biondo for EV/LCV role

16 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

The former president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) and director of the Valenciennes plant, Luciano Biondo has joined Renault as VP Electro & LCV North Pole Industry in France.

BYD opens Brazil EV bus battery plant

14 September 2020 | Graeme Roberts

BYD recently began operations at its third plant in Brazil, which it claims it the country's first lithium iron phosphate battery factory.

Toronto to put ten BYD e-buses into service

14 September 2020 | Simon Warburton

BYD Canada says ten zero-emission, 40-foot K9M battery-electric buses will be put into service by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)

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