* Germany - Mercedes-Benz Atego unveiled

Stuttgart,Baden-Württemberg,Germany -HGV UK -March 27, 2013: -- With its unveiling at a world premier launch event in Germany, Mercedes-Benz has brought its new generation short-radius distribution truck Atego one step closer to its arrival in the UK... Slotting into the Mercedes-Benz range alongside its larger stablemates of Actros, Antos and soon to arrive Arocs, the Atego is viewed by Mercedes-Benz as the stand out member of its new truck generation... Due to start production in the summer, it is expected to fit comfortably within the 6.5 to 16 tonnes sector... Powered by a choice of seven engines with manual and automatic transmission, features include too, Stability Control Assist as standard and a new high performance braking system designed to ensure maximum driver safety...

* Holland - First new XF comes off the production line

Eindhoven,The Netherlands,Holland -HGV UK -April 3, 2013: -- His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange officially started production of the new DAF XF on Wednesday April 3. The new truck was developed to meet the Euro 6 emissions standards that will come into force in the European Union. DAF has invested around one billion euro to develop an entirely new Euro 6 vehicle range and to prepare its production facilities in Eindhoven in the Netherlands and Westerlo in Belgium for the new generation of trucks... Euro 6 comes into force in the European Union on 1 January 2014. Compared with the current Euro 5 standard, the new legislation requires that nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions be reduced by a further 77%, while soot particle emissions must be cut by 66%. The new emissions legislation was a main driver for DAF to develop a completely new vehicle series of which the XF, the new flagship model designed for long-distance transport, has now officially entered production. Next week’s Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham will see DAF introduce the new Euro 6 models of the LF distribution truck and the highly versatile CF...

* India - Volvo to induct Eicher as 5th global brand

(Photo: Eicher trucks factory, India)
New Delhi,India -Business Standard, by Sharmistha Mukherjee -March 31, 2013: -- The company is looking at developing India as a hub for medium duty engines... Volvo AB, which is set to surpass Daimler to become the world’s largest maker of heavy trucks after acquiring stake in Dongfeng Commercial Vehicles, is looking at inducting ‘Eicher’ as a fifth brand in its global portfolio to increase penetration in emerging markets across the world... As the fifth brand in the Volvo portolio, Eicher products would be retailed at Volvo dealerships in specified markets globally. In the first phase, the Indian joint-venture company VE Commercial Vehicles would leverage Volvo’s distribution network to sell Eicher-branded vehicles in markets in South Africa, West Asia and Southeast Asia. VECV is a 50-50 joint venture between the Volvo Group and Eicher Motors Limited... At present, Volvo sells commercial vehicles under the Volvo, Renault Trucks, UD Trucks and Mack brands in the international market. The company, however, does not have a fuel efficient mass market global brand to tap into developing markets currently. With Europe and North America projected to post flat growth in the current year at 230,000 and 250,000 units respectively, globally CV makers are increasingly muscling in in emerging markets to boost sales in a slowing economy...

* France - Renault get innovative

(Photo: Renault Premium Truck Racing special 2013)
Kells,Co. Meath,Ireland -Irish Trucker News -27 March 2013: -- For Renault Trucks, constantly striving to drive down vehicle fuel consumption is one of its major priorities... From 18 March 2013, an engine standby system is available on a selection of Master by Renault Trucks vehicles. This Stop and Start system enables operators to reduce their fuel consumption by 5%... The system puts the engine on standby when the vehicle is stationary (at traffic lights or a stop sign, when in neutral, etc.). The driver is informed when the engine is in standby mode by an indicator light on the dashboard. As soon as the clutch pedal is pressed or the first gear engaged, the engine starts up almost immediately, without the driver being required to do anything else...

* Pakistan - European company hopes to make inroads into heavy transport sector

(Photo from AFP: To date, the company has sold around 50 units of civil trucks in Pakistan and 100 military trucks, but that was at the end of the previous decade)
Lahore,India -The Express Tribune, by Shahram Haq -March 29, 2013: -- The potential in Pakistan’s transport sector has attracted many companies to invest in the country. Despite taking a dip in the past years, the scope is now steadily increasing, with another leading company – the MAN Group – initiating operations in Pakistan by introducing its sister company MAN Truck and Bus...  The company initially targets selling around 100 trucks a year, after which it will decide further strategy... Currently, the company will import entire units, but if sales rise to their expectations, then they might involve locals in the manufacturing process and expand premises to assemble units in Pakistan... The company will soon launch its bus in the Pakistani market to cater to difficulties faced by commuters while travelling on inter- or intra-city routes. The company also has a close eye on upcoming METRO bus projects...

* India - Tata Motors kick-starts exports of Prima range of medium and heavy trucks to Sri Lanka

(Photo: Tata Motors kick-starts exports of Prima range of medium and heavy trucks to Sri Lanka)
Mumbai,India -The Economic Times, by Ketan Thakkar -Apr 3, 2013: -- India's largest truck maker, Tata Motors on Wednesday launched its global range of Tata Prima in the Sri Lankan market... Prima range is the most technologically advanced range of trucks developed by the company to cater to some of the overseas market... The models introduced in Sri Lanka are the Tata PRIMA 4023 LX ( 4X2), Tata PRIMA 4923 LX (6X4), Tata PRIMA 4028 ( 4X2), Tata PRIMA 4938 (6X4), Tata PRIMA 4038 (4X2) and the Tata PRIMA 4928 (6X4), which are primarily targeted at container movement, cement transportation and the gas logistics across the island... The Tata PRIMA range comprises Tractor-trailers, Tippers, and Special Application vehicles which can meet varied end user requirements...
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