Browsing Archive April, 2015

Tata expands lineup in Kenya


Tata Motors, India’s largest automobile manufacturer, today launched six new next-generation Prima heavy commercial vehicles for the very first time in Kenya with partner Tata Africa Holding Kenya.

The launch of these new next-generation commercial vehicles marks Tata Motors continued efforts towards changing the trucking landscape and rough roads in Kenya’ and consisting of a series of configurations on the Prima platform. In the Tipper segment, Tata Motors introduced the Prima LX 2523.K, Prima LX 2528.K whereas in the cargo segment, Tata Motors introduced the Prima LX 2523.T, Prima LX 3123.T and the Prima LX 4023.S and the Prima 4938.S, all of which have different combinations of drivelines, meeting end-user requirements for varied applications.

Commenting on the launch, RT Wasan, head, international business, commercial vehicles business unit, Tata Motors, said “The launch of the Prima range in Kenya is an important milestone in Tata Motors’ continued expansion in the Kenyan market and the East Africa region. As one of the major players in EA Region, we are committed to shaping the commercial vehicle industry here with the latest global technologies giving the Kenyan customer competitive business advantages, with the trusted credentials of the Tata Motors brand. The Tata Prima shaped by technology, know-how and expertise with global standards of power, durability, payload, emissions and safety will enable customers upgrade to a new-age truck, with new-age global specifications and systems, a result of customer feedback combined with years of experience in the trucking business. The range being launched today is world-smart in every sense.”

Tata Motors recently also launched another initiative for its commercial vehicle business called Tata Genuine Parts (TGP) selling genuine spares in Pilfer proof packaging. TGP offers long life and reliable performance to owners of single trucks and fleets as its parts are made of superior quality material and conform to OE (Original Equipment) specifications. Not only is every part designed as per exact vehicle specifications, but has to pass multiple quality control checks. Every Tata genuine part is packaged and branded to ensure customers get the right quality part, also enabling them to identity with the package.


MAN announces 2015 Q1 financial report


The commercial vehicle and mechanical engineering player MAN is posting more orders again. The first three months of fiscal 2015, however, paint a mixed picture from region to region. Whereas demand for commercial vehicles in Europe bounced back significantly, the market situation in Brazil continued to deteriorate. In Central and Southern Europe the economic recovery continued and growth also picked up again. In contrast, the economic environment in Eastern Europe was badly affected by the Ukraine conflict. There are no signs of a recovery yet in Brazil and the situation there remains strained.

Against this backdrop, the MAN Group’s order intake in the first three months of 2015 was €3.8 billion, up slightly on the prior-year figure (€3.7 billion). Orders in the Commercial Vehicles business area were roughly on a level with the previous year, at €2.8 billion. While MAN Truck & Bus managed to lift its European commercial vehicles business orders by 12% to €2.5 billion, order intake at MAN Latin America almost halved to €290 million as a result of the deterioration in the market environment in Brazil. The economy of South America’s largest country shrank, and this effect was exacerbated by the austerity measures introduced by the government. In addition, commercial vehicle customers could only access state-subsidized financing on less favorable terms.

The Power Engineering business area booked orders worth €1.0 billion, up approximately 9% on the prior-year period. MAN Diesel & Turbo’s orders rose by 5% to €0.8 billion, and Renk lifted order intake to €164 million. This increase is attributable to two major orders at each of MAN Diesel & Turbo and Renk.

The MAN Group posted sales revenue of €3.1 billion in the first quarter, roughly on a level with the previous year. The figure was more or less unchanged in both the Commercial Vehicles and the Power Engineering business areas. MAN Latin America saw sales revenue decline from €570 million in the previous year to €290 million and unit sales halve to a good 6,000 vehicles. Sales revenue at MAN Truck & Bus rose by 13% to €2.0 billion in the first quarter of 2015. MAN Diesel & Turbo generated sales revenue of €0.7 billion in the first three months of the current fiscal year, while the figure for Renk was €106 million.

The MAN Group’s operating profit in the first quarter was €34 million, down €34 million on the first quarter of 2014 as a result of the situation in Brazil.

Although MAN Truck & Bus lifted operating profit from €11 million to €28 million, MAN Latin America posted an operating loss of €12 million in the period under review compared with an operating profit of €32 million in the previous year. As a result, operating profit in the Commercial Vehicles business area declined from €42 million to €11 million. The Power Engineering business area generated an operating profit of €52 million after €47 million in the comparative prior-year quarter. This increase is primarily attributable to our marine diesel engine business. MAN Diesel & Turbo’s operating profit rose to €39 million, while at Renk it was €13 million.

The MAN Group recorded an operating return on sales of 1.1% and a loss after tax of €10 million in the first three months of 2015, after a profit of €28 million in the previous year.

The Executive Board of MAN SE is maintaining its outlook for full-year 2015 and expects the MAN Group’s sales revenue to be on a level with the previous year and that operating profit will remain stable. The operating return on sales will remain at roughly the 2014 figure.


Iveco Arrives in Malaysia with Distributor Federal Auto

Iveco, a CNH Industrial brand, introduces to the press its full range of commercial vehicles for Malaysia in partnership with Federal Auto Holdings Berhad. Federal Auto was appointed last year as the exclusive distributor for the sale of Iveco vehicles, service support and the sale of genuine spare parts in the market.


The joint press conference, held today by Iveco and Federal Auto at the Saujana Hotel Resort, in Kuala Lumpur, was the first official event for the brand in the country. Top Management from Iveco and Federal Auto presented their business strategy for the market, and their plans for the further development of the sales and service network.


These include training programmes to ensure customers are supported by professional, skilled staff. They introduced the wide range of vehicles for Malaysia and presented five key new product ranges in the Iveco line-up: the Daily light commercial vehicle and International Van of the Year 2015, the Trakker off-road truck, the Eurocargo medium truck and, the Stralis Truck of the Year 2013, and the 682 heavy commercial vehicles.


The product offering is complemented with a full range of after-sales and financing which will take advantage of Federal Auto‘s local presence in the country.


Iveco is a global manufacturer with a wide range of light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, off-road trucks, and vehicles for special applications. Its full line of vehicles ranges from the lightest 3.5-ton vans for urban use to the 60 ton heavy vehicles for long distance haulage and heavy loads. Iveco is able to leverage on the global R&D resources and economies of scale of CNH Industrial in order to bring its customers around the world the most advanced technologies and safe, fuel efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles at competitive costs.


Michele Lombardi, APAC Iveco Brand Leader, said that the company was pleased to have found a strong and committed partner in Malaysia: “Malaysia is an important market with a dynamic automotive sector. We are entering this competitive market with a full line of 14 models, and with the help of Federal Auto, we are confident that discerning fleet and transport operators and business owners in Malaysia will appreciate the proven quality, durability, reliability and, most importantly, the cost-efficiency of Iveco products. The technology that goes into every Iveco vehicle has proved its worth on roads around the world and in the extreme conditions of the Dakar rally.”


I would like to thank the management of Federal Auto for the excellent cooperation that has led to us being here today. They are a very dedicated, professional team and I am proud that they are representing Iveco trucks and buses as our exclusive distributor in Malaysia. I believe that Iveco and its customers will thrive in Malaysia together with Federal Auto and their strong team,“ concluded Lombardi.


Federal Auto is today one of the most dynamic automotive dealers in Malaysia with strong business ethics, impeccable integrity and a solid reputation built over five decades. Its representation of world-class automotive brands has come about through its long experience and expertise in the business, as well as the resources and its drive to succeed.


Speaking at the media launch of Iveco in Malaysia, Federal Auto managing director Cheng Seng Fook said that the company was delighted to add such an established brand to its portfolio of premium automotive marques: “We are proud to announce that Iveco is now here in Malaysia and able to offer our customers a range that no other brand can. We will have a complete line-up that will cater for the growing demands of the trucking industry not only in terms of the tonnage required but also in terms of power, torque, safety, ergonomics and comfort and reliability.”

A full range of vehicles for the Malaysian market

Iveco offers the Malaysian market a total of 14 models, including the Daily light commercial vehicle, Stralis and 682 heavy commercial vehicles, Trakker off-road truck and Eurocargo medium truck previewed at the press conference. All products and model variants will be rolled out in stages, during the next 18 months.


The New Daily is expected to be a best seller in the country. A point of reference in its category for its unique total cost of ownership, comfort, driveability, productivity, and sustainability, it was named 2015 International Van of the Year. The vehicle is presented in the Van model (both panel van and window van), 10.8 m3, with wheelbase of 3,520 mm and with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 3.5 tonnes, as well as in the Chassis cab model with the wheelbase of 3450 mm and a GVW up to 5 tonnes. Both Daily van and chassis cab models are powered by the Iveco 3.0-liter F1C engine with 146 hp.

The Iveco Stralis heavy commercial vehicle is an excellent solution for the haulage industry due to its low fuel consumption, high reliability, superior safety features, best-in-class cabin ergonomics and comfort. The on-road vehicle, with a gross combined weight (GCW) up to 44 tonnes, is presented in the following models: 4×2, tractor with rear air suspension, rough road version; 6×2 tractor with rear air suspension, twin wheels, third rear lift axle; 6×4 tractor with rear air suspension, for heavy mission. The Stralis is equipped with the Iveco cursor 10 engine, which is a 10.3-litre, 6-cylinder in-line engine, with a power rating of 430 hp. These outstanding features at the top of the category earned this model the Truck of the year 2013 at IAA show in Hannover, Germany.


The Iveco 682 heavy-duty truck is the optimal combination of cost efficiency, strength and cutting-edge technology.It is currently offered in 4×2 (GCW 43 tonnes) and 6×4 (GCW 60 tonnes) variants for the tractor model, which is available in the on-road version. The truck is also presented in 6×4 (GVW 33 tonnes) and 8×4 (GVW 41 tonnes) variants for the tipper and mixer models, available in the off-road version. The 682 is powered either by Iveco cursor 9 or cursor 13 engines. The cursor 9 is an 8.7-litre, six-cylinder in-line engine available in three different power ratings: 290 hp, 340 hp and 380 hp, while the cursor 13 is a 12.8- litre, six-cylinder in line engine available in two power ratings: 430 hp and 480 hp.


The Iveco Trakker is a high performance and robust truck designed to operate in the extreme off-road conditions often found in the construction and mining industries.The vehicle is presented in the 6×4 tractor model, with a GCW up to 60 tonnes. It is powered by the Iveco cursor 13, a 12.8-litre, six-cylinder in-line engine available with 420 hp.

The Iveco Eurocargo medium truck offers unprecedented reliability, flexibility and versatility. It is available in multiple variations to suit different needs. The on-road vehicle is currently presented in the 4×2 truck model, with mechanical suspension, with a GVW up to 18 tonnes. Eurocargo features a tector 6, a 5.9-litre, six-cylinder in-line engine available with 280 hp.



Volvo sells more than 2,000 hybrid buses



Sales of Volvo hybrid buses passed yet another important milestone in the second quarter of this year. Volvo Buses has now sold more than 2000 hybrid buses in about twenty countries since their introduction in 2010. Fewer exhaust emissions, low energy consumption and quieter operation are appreciated by increasing numbers of cities the world over.

“With this ongoing success we are reinforcing our global lead in hybrid buses. Cities all over the world now regard electrified bus traffic as a cost-efficient way of reducing the problems of poor air quality and noise. Our solution makes travel more attractive and improves the environment without the need for large investments in new infrastructure.” says Håkan Agnevall, President and CEO Volvo Buses.

Among the newly added markets for Volvo’s hybrids are Denmark, Hungary and Poland. The largest single market is Great Britain. Colombia, Sweden, Germany, Brazil and Switzerland are other countries that have purchased large numbers of hybrid buses. Most of the models sold are two-axle buses, while just over 60 are articulated versions. The total sales figures include Volvo Buses’ new electric hybrid, which was launched in 2014 and has so far been introduced in Hamburg, Stockholm and Gothenburg.

The Volvo Buses range of complete hybrid buses encompasses the two-axle Volvo 7900 Hybrid, Volvo 7900 Articulated Hybrid and Volvo 7900 Electric Hybrid. Chassis with Volvo hybrid drivelines also form the basis for British double deckers and high-capacity models in South America and other markets. In addition, Volvo offers holistic solutions encompassing maintenance of the entire bus, including batteries, at a fixed predetermined cost.

June this year will see the start of regular operations using the first all-electric Volvo buses in Gothenburg. These buses are part of ElectriCity – a broad-based cooperative venture between the corporate sector, research institutes and public agencies on the development of new solutions for public transport.

“With our comprehensive range of electrified buses we meet a wide variety of customer needs. The way we see it, urban public transport will require a mix of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and full-electric buses. Full-electric buses are highly suitable in the city centres, electric hybrids are excellent for somewhat longer routes, and hybrids are perfect for feeder traffic bringing commuters into the city,” says Håkan Agnevall.


Hybrid Powered Trucks, Is It The Future?

With the fall of fuel prices late last year and the current increase in the use of NGV to power commercial trucks, many people have wondered whether the hybrid truck still has a place in the future of transportation.

With a hybrid truck there is still a tremendous environmental benefit. If you are getting 15 to 30% fuel savings, you are also getting a 15 to 30% environmental savings.

Hino offers the 195H and 195H-DC (double cab) in its hybrid lineup. The Class 5 vehicles feature a 19,500 GVW and a 210 hp diesel engine producing 440 lbs.-ft. of torque mated to a A464 Aisin 6At transmission. An important note about Hino’s hybrid system, Ellis pointed out, is that the system uses common components, meaning there is cost effectiveness. Sixty percent of the components are shared with Toyota’s hybrid system used on its Prius.


Those routes include urban areas where the vehicle will have a low average speed of 17-25 mph with 22 mph the most efficient speed. The vehicle also will make multiple stops in a day and feature plenty of stop-and-go driving so the regenerative braking system can generate enough energy to charge the battery. It also will spend less than 20% of its time driving highway miles.

Hino hybrids also feature Insight 2.0 powered by Telogis, a telematics program that is offered on all hybrids free for one year. Insight provides data to help fleet managers manage their vehicles and driver’s driving habits.


Volvo FM440 Preferred By Multimodal Freight Sdn Bhd

Volvo Trucks has continued its success from another good performance last year when it successfully delivered the balanced 14 units of the Volvo FM440 trucks to Multimodal Freight Sdn Bhd of the total 50 units purchased by Multimodal Freight Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd.

To signify and commemorate this occasion of full handing over of the 50 units of FM440, a simple ribbon cutting ceremony by YBhg. Dato’ Sr. Ahmad Zainuddin bin Jamaluddin on behalf of Multimodal Freight Sdn Bhd was held in the presence of both senior management of Multimodal Freight and Volvo Trucks.

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Concurrently at this event, Multimodal also signed up for Volvo’s Gold Service Agreement for all 50 units of trucks for 5 years. The Agreement covers Preventive Maintenance (basic service including labour, filter and lubricant) and fair wear and tear. Mats Nilsson, Managing Director of Volvo Malaysia and En. Mohd Hasdey Yaakob, Chief Executive Officer of Multimodal Freight Sdn Bhd was the signatories of the Volvo’s Gold Service Agreement.

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Daimler to showcase tailor-made latest offerings at UITP Congress

CapaCity L

The UITP Congress, which is the world congress for transport operators, will be taking place in Milan from the 8th to 10th of June, and Daimler is all set to  present itself as a full-line provider of mobility, offering cities and businesses tailor-made solutions to transport problems such as:

The new CapaCity L: the longest Mercedes-Benz of all

The new Mercedes-Benz CapaCity L is a further solution to the high density of traffic in cities. The longest complete Mercedes-Benz of all has a length of 21 metres and can carry up to 191 passengers. This XXL bus is therefore able to replace around 50 passenger cars on the roads, relieving urban traffic congestion. The new large-capacity bus is not only enormous in size, but also enormously cost-effective and environmentally friendly: when filled to capacity it consumes less than 0.5 litres of diesel fuel per 100 kilometres per passenger. Which probably makes it the world’s most economical diesel powered bus.

The new CapaCity L has arrived at just the right time: passenger numbers using urban public transport are increasing worldwide. The UITP (Union internationale des Transports Public) estimates an increase of around ten percent in the EU since 2000, a trend which is continuing to rise. On average, every city-dweller in the EU makes use of public transport 132 times per year.

The CapaCity L is the ideal bus for BRT systems. BRT stands for Bus Rapid Transit, i.e. fast bus transport systems. BRT systems use their own lanes and are much faster, less expensive and more flexibly usable than rail systems. Daimler has an in-house department supporting the introduction of BRT systems. Its experts are in action worldwide, and involved in transport systems in Rio de Janeiro, Johannesburg, Strasbourg and Istanbul, for example. At present their focus in on Japan, where they wish to resolve the transport problems accompanying the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.


Citaro E-CELL and F-CELL
The Mercedes-Benz Citaro is the world’s best-selling city bus: almost 45,000 Citaro models are on the roads in Europe’s major cities and beyond. At present the Citaro is powered by a clean and highly economical diesel engine meeting the stringent Euro VI emissions standard. This is now being joined by another: the UITP Congress will see the world premiere of a new natural gas engine for the city bus. It is significantly quieter than the already quiet diesel engines. Moreover, its CO2 emissions are more than 20 percent lower compared with the diesel equivalent.

Daimler is also looking into the near future: before the end of the decade, the Citaro E-CELL with battery-electric drive and the Citaro F-CELL with fuel cell drive will enter series production. The forecast: in 2030, 70 percent of all newly acquired Citaros will be locally emission-free with electric drive.

The Citaro E-CELL and F-CELL will be based on a modular e-platform. This allows tailor-made electric mobility for individual cities and even for each bus route: the battery capacity and charging technology are suited to the individual requirements.

At the same time Daimler is concertedly driving the further development of the diesel engine: new fuel-saving technologies such as a compact hybrid are set to achieve a further reduction in fuel consumption and therefore CO2 emissions by around ten percent.

With the moovel platform Daimler is changing into a mobility provider. moovel is an app which compares all the available means of transport with each other in terms of travel time and cost after the destination is entered: public transport, car and bike sharing, taxi or lift sharing. Both for inhabitants and visitors to a city or region: moovel knows the best way from A to B.

And moovel can do even more: using the flexible car2go mobility scheme, customers can rent a smart car spontaneously at any time and at the end of their journey park it anywhere within the relevant designated area. Customers locate the vehicles using their smartphone or computer and only pay for the hire time which is calculated by the minute.


Volvo Trucks Gets New CEO

Présentation du nouveau Volvo FH au centre APTH du Creusot

Volvo Trucks Sweden has just announced the appointment of former Scania Trucks president and chief executive officer Martin Lundstedt (pictured) as its own new president and CEO. Lundstedt, who will take up his new job in October, replaces Olof Persson who steps down with immediate effect. Group chief financial officer Jan Gurander will take over Persson’s responsibilities in the interim. A spokesman for Volvo confirmed that Persson, who had been at the helm for almost four years, did not leave of his own volition. “It was an initiative taken by the AB Volvo board,” he said. He also did not deny suggestions that Persson’s departure was triggered by the company’s poor profitability in recent years, a point also addressed by AB Volvo board chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg.


When Persson took on the position as CEO, Volvo faced two problems, said Svanberg high costs and fluctuating earnings. “I have great respect for what Olof has achieved. However you cannot get to a leading position only by cutting costs – it can only be achieved by meeting the customers and therefore we are entering a new phase, a phase where we will increase our focus on our brands, customers and products,” he said. “After three years of focus on product renewal, internal efficiency and restructuring, the Volvo Group is gradually entering a new phase with an increased focus on growth and increased profitability,” added Svanberg. Lundstedt’s history with Scania dates back to 1992, during which time he has held numerous executive positions including roles in production, development, marketing and sales.



Komatsu unveils its largest semi-automatic bulldozer, the D155AXi-8

With the launch of the D155AXi-8, Komatsu has once again expanded its lineup of “intelligent” earthmoving equipment. The D155AXi-8 is the largest iMC crawler dozer Komatsu has released and its first in the 261-500 horsepower size class. As such, the machine is designed to handle a range of highway construction, large residential or commercial site prep projects.

This bulldozer is powered by a 354-horsepower Komatsu SAA6D140E-7 Tier 4 Final 15.24-liter diesel engine that enables the machine to emit 80 percent less NOx than the Tier 4 unit the D155AXi-8 replaces.

Thanks to iMC’s Inertial Measuring Unit and stroke-sensing hydraulic cylinders, the machine has the ability to sense and control blade load. Komatsu says the technology delivers an 8-percent efficiency boost in moving material compared to third-party aftermarket machine control systems during a grading test.

And unlike aftermarket solutions, there are no components mounted to the machine blade, only a small GNSS antenna atop the cab, eliminating the need to climb on the blade to install or remove GNSS antennas, or deal with snagged cables.


For maximum efficiency, Komatsu has included an automatic gearshift transmission and lock up torque converter that enables the operator to select the best gear range depending upon both the jobsite conditions and the load. By transferring engine power directly to the transmission, horsepower loss is eliminated, and fuel consumption is reduced by up to 10 percent.

The addition of Komatsu’s Sigmadozer blade, which is designed to roll up soil at the center of the blade, ensures reduced digging resistance. The blade dozes up to 15 percent more soil compared to semi-u blades, while using less power, according to the company.

To enhance operator comfort, Komatsu had included a ROPS pressurized cab with damper mounts that isolate the cab from the machine frame, which softens the shocks and vibrations. The cab also has large windows to provide visibility and is sealed to reduce dust and noise inside the cab.



Magna’s seamless sliding window receives award

MAGNA INTERNATIONAL INC. - Magna's PureView window wins

Magna International has been selected as a 2015 Automotive News PACE Award winner for its PureView seamless sliding window, which was created with pickup trucks and commercial vehicles in mind.

PureView eliminates the vertical seams that mark the edges of conventional truck sliding rear windows, creating a smooth opening when viewed from outside. The first-to-market design made its debut on the 2015 Ford F-150 and sets a new trend for power sliders by reducing component needs and improving overall functionality and manufacturing efficiency.

Standard sliding rear windows typically contain three pieces of glass – left and right panes that don’t move, plus the sliding portion in the middle, all held together by a support structure that requires numerous components. The PureView seamless sliding window uses only two pieces of glass – the exterior surround and the sliding portion, which reduces build componentry and complexity.

In addition to its streamlined looks, the window’s two-piece design enables continuous uninterrupted defrost capability for the larger surrounding glass. The new design also contributes to vehicle weight savings, as the seamless power slider uses a lighter window control module.