Browsing Archive March, 2016

Renault Trucks to flaunt its natural gas trucks in Paris


Renault Trucks has announced that it will be exhibiting its range of vehicles running on natural gas at the upcoming International Transport and Logistics Week (SITL) in Paris. These vehicles emit virtually no particulates, smoke or smell.

Renault Trucks will be exhibiting at the International Transport and Logistics Week (SITL) on the French Natural Gas for Vehicles Association (AFGNV) stand. The tradeshow is being held at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Park from 22 to 25 March. On the stand (Hall 6-C091), where a Renault Trucks D WIDE CNG will be on display, visitors will be able to discuss natural gas powered vehicles with specialists.

Among the alternative energy solutions offered by Renault Trucks, compressed natural gas for vehicles (CNG) is a mature, reliable and low polluting energy: the engines do not require AdBlue. They emit virtually no particulates, smoke or smell. Furthermore, they have an operating range equal to that of a Diesel vehicle in an urban environment.

This vehicle operates just as well on natural gas as on biomethane fuel (biogas). Biomethane is a renewable energy produced from organic materials, making it possible to reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 70% compared with a Diesel vehicle. Vehicles running on CNG or biomethane fuel can operate in areas for clean vehicles only and are perfectly well adapted for use in urban and suburban environments for carrying out deliveries and for local authority activities (street cleaning, refuse collection and urban distribution).

The Renault Trucks D Wide CNG is available in two configurations: 19 ton 4×2 rigid and 26 ton 6×2 rigid with a Euro 6 NGT9 engine having a displacement of 9 L and a power rating of 320 hp. It is fitted with a fully automatic Allison series 3200 gearbox, perfectly adapted for refuse collection tipper applications. The vehicle’s servicing and maintenance are provided by the Renault Trucks network throughout Europe.


Daimler Trucks Asia starts production of all-new FUSO range in Africa

Daimler Trucks launches all-new Fuso trucks in Indonesia

For the first time, CKD assembly of the all-new FUSO range began at the AVA assembly-plant in Mombasa, Kenya – adding to the existing portfolio of FUSO vehicles whose kits are imported from Japan. Before this, the complete vehicles of the new FUSO 2523C heavy-duty trucks were imported from India.

Mr. Marc Llistosella, Head of Daimler Trucks Asia: “This start of production in Kenya underlines our commitment to further developing the African market as part of our global growth strategy. It also marks another significant development of Daimler’s business on the continent just weeks after the grand opening of the Daimler regional center in Nairobi, which brings us closer to our commercial vehicle customers in East, Central and West Africa.”

“This start of production in Kenya underlines our commitment to further developing the African market as part of our global growth strategy. It also marks another significant development of Daimler’s business on the continent just weeks after the grand opening of the Daimler’s regional center in Nairobi, which brings us closer to our commercial vehicle customers in East, Central and West Africa,” he added.

Mr. Erich Nesselhauf, Managing Director and CEO, Daimler India Commercial Vehicles: “We have been successfully exporting completely built-up all-new robust FUSO vehicles from India for almost three years – and now we enter the next stage with the assembly of vehicles in Africa, for Africa.”

The project to add the FUSO 2523C heavy-duty truck to the AVA assembly plant’s portfolio was completed in a record time of only five months. Further models from the range will be added subsequently.

Simba Colt Motors has been a partner of FUSO for 48 years, making it one of the oldest general distributor relationships in the Daimler group worldwide. AVA has been the partner for the assembly of FUSO products imported from Japan since 1982.


Michelin Auto Inflate system introduced

Tyre maker Michelin has launched a new automatic inflation system for commercial vehicle tyres. The Michelin Auto Inflate was launched in the USA this week and being is promoted as an “easy, wheel-mounted tyre management solution that allows fleets to automatically maintain optimal tyre pressure.”

The system is initially being offered in the North American market, and Michelin North America claims that fleets adopting the system can save an estimated $3,000 per prime mover trailer combination by reducing tyre-related downtime, extending tyre life, improving fuel economy and increasing safety.

“Michelin Auto Inflate is simple, reliable and good for business,” said Adam Murphy, vice-president of marketing at Michelin Americas Truck Tyres.

“Due to a number of complicated factors that cause tyre pressures to change day-to-day and hour-to-hour, maintaining optimal tyre pressure is nearly impossible to achieve manually. Michelin Auto Inflate provides an immediate payback for one of fleets’ biggest assets by eliminating complexity and automatically managing air pressure in the tyres that keep their trucks rolling.”

The Michelin Auto Inflate system is powered by the Halo tyre inflator developed by Aperia Technologies, a company established in 2010 by two Stanford University mechanical engineering graduate students.

“Michelin and Aperia chose to collaborate on Michelin Auto Inflate because of our mutual commitment to bring innovative products and service solutions to fleets with the goal of maximising uptime,” said Josh Carter, co-founder and chief executive officer of Aperia.

“Michelin Auto Inflate, powered by Halo, provides fleets the first simple, reliable, full-vehicle solution to the complex problem of optimal tyre pressure management.”

Michelin Auto Inflate utilises automatic tyre inflation technology to maintain the pressure on drive and trailer tyres. Easy to retrofit on existing vehicles or as an add-on to new equipment, the device works with both duals and wide-base single tyres.

Michelin says the unit’s compact, self-powered pump can be mounted to the hub in ten minutes using standard tools, with no axle drilling required. The device monitors and adjusts for low air pressure with each wheel rotation, and can be factory-set to a specified target tire pressure. Michelin adds that Auto Inflate can be easily transferred from one vehicle to another.

There is no indication at this stage of if or when the Auto Inflate System could be introduced in Malaysia.


Scania AEB System Saves Lives


The Advanced Emergency Braking system (AEB) is part of a safety upgrade for Scania trucks that includes Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control. AEB integrates the radar and camera functions of both systems to provide autonomous emergency braking warning and intervention, to prevent two moving vehicles colliding, or the Scania truck running into stationary traffic.

Scania is the first heavy vehicle importer in Asia Pacific to offer (AEB) this new generation safety equipment as standard on high output prime movers with 440bhp or more.

This potentially life-saving technology is now fitted to all stock prime movers destined for regular line-haul and distribution work, with engine outputs of 440bhp and above, across the full P, G and R-series ranges of cabs. The Advanced Emergency Braking system can be specified for the majority of other on-road vehicles in the Scania truck range, where it is not fitted as standard.

The AEB system is able to autonomously slow the truck or bring it to a complete stop, if for some reason the driver fails to respond to circumstances that may lead to a collision. Scania’s AEB is a driver aid only, and does not remove the responsibility from the driver for safe control of his vehicle.


In line with the company’s policy of offering customers tailored specifications, Scania vehicles may still be ordered without AEB, should customers elect not to provide this safety system for their drivers. When activated, the Advanced Emergency Braking system offers three stages of protection:

Initially, when the system detects the possibility of a collision with a vehicle in front, it will sound an acoustic signal and illuminate a red warning light on the dashboard. If the driver does not react, and the risk remains, the AEB system begins to apply the brakes gently. If there is still no response, for instance if the driver has fallen asleep or has been incapacitated, then the AEB system applies the brakes with full force in order to attempt to avoid an impact with a slower moving or stationary vehicle that it has detected.

The driver can interrupt the warnings or braking by pressing the AEB switch on the instrument panel, or by applying the brake pedal, or alternatively if he judges it safer to take positive action, he may apply the accelerator pedal, including activating the kickdown, and steer away to avoid the impact. AEB is active at speeds in excess of 15 km/h.


It is important to note that the Scania Advanced Emergency Braking aid does not adapt to driving conditions or weather.

To see the Scania Advanced Emergency Braking system in action, a demonstration video may be viewed on YouTube here:


Daimler Buses continues success streak

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Daimler Buses has increased its earnings by nine percent to € 214 million worldwide despite the massive market decline in Brazil. These earnings include expenses from the restructuring of the Daimler Group’s dealer network as well as income that resulted from the sale of the investment in New MCI Holdings Inc. in the US.

Overall, Daimler Buses sold 28,100 buses and chassis and thus maintained its undisputed market leadership in its core markets in the segment for buses with a maximum permissible gross laden weight over eight tons.

The complete bus business in Western Europe developed particularly well. This enabled the business division to buffer the decline of the Brazilian bus market, which plummeted by 40% last year.

Hartmut Schick, Head of Daimler Buses: “Despite the tense situation in Brazil – one of our key markets – we have reached a good result in 2015. Through the positive development in the revenue-rich business with complete buses and the momentum from the business with intercity buses in Europe, we managed to successfully buffer the revenue decline in the Latin American business.”

“In addition to our strong product range and our technological leadership in powertrains and safety, our continuous measures for improving the efficiency of Daimler Buses are also paying off.

We will continue to pursue this course on a consistent basis in 2016 as well. To this end, we are also driving forward with our concepts in the area of innovative mobility solutions and are even forming a dedicated new department for Mobility Solutions”, Hartmut Schick added.



Renault Trucks Do Well

Renault Trucks has supplied six Range T tractor units to RPL Logistics in Milton Keynes. The 44-tonne Range T480.26s join RPL’s 32-strong haulage fleet. Each Range T is specified with the optional ‘Comfort Pack’, which includes fridge, alloy wheels, automatic emergency braking system and lane departure warning system. Renault Trucks has also delivered a new Range T tractor unit to haulier M.S Wayman and Sons in Lincolnshire. The 44-tonne Range T460.26 tractor unit joins three other Renault trucks in the company’s fleet of 20 vehicles.



DAF Trucks For Dominos Pizza

DAF Trucks has supplied five CF rigid trucks and two CF 4×2 tractor units to Total Reefer to supply their client Domino’s Pizza.  The CF rigids are equipped with bespoke Gray & Adams bodies and Carrier Transicold Supra refrigeration units. The new vehicles join Domino’s fleet of 60 vehicles across the UK.


Mercedes Benz Econic refuse vehicles do well

Mercedes-Benz Trucks has completed delivery of 16 Econic 2630 refuse vehicles to the London Borough of Redbridge. The vehicles are rear-steer models with dual-compartment Heil-Farid compactor bodies, meaning they can be used to collect recyclable waste. They are powered by 7.7-litre Euro-VI engines driving through six-speed Allison automatic gearboxes, ride on full air suspension and are equipped with axle weight measuring systems. Mercedes-Benz Trucks has also supplied five new Actros 2548 tractor units to Warisa Distribution in Wigan. The vehicles have flat-floored GigaSpace cabs, and have been accessorised by Warisa with chrome Kelsa lightbars, wheel trims, side skirts and air horns.


Tata SIGNA Trucks Take The Stage

Tata Motors, India’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturer has recently launched its new SIGNA range of Medium & Heavy Commercial Vehicles, at the SIAM Auto Expo 2016. Offered in various configurations, the SIGNA range of commercial vehicles is engineered & built to offer Medium & Heavy commercial vehicle buyers, a newly designed cabin, with proven Tata Motors aggregates, for a world-class trucking experience. On display at the Auto Expo 2016, Tata Motors showcased three variants from the SIGNA range – the SIGNA 4923.S tractor, the SIGNA 3118.T multi-axle truck and the SIGNA 2518.K tipper.

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With its smartly designed cabin space, improved ergonomics and NVH levels, the SIGNA range of cabins are built to offer a superior in-cab experience, enabling drivers to operate fatigue free over long hauls, which in turn offers significant improvement in productivity. With an inbuilt telematics system, by TATA FLEETMAN, the new SIGNA range empowers fleet operator with a more connected experience, to better manage their transport business through optimum driver, vehicle and fuel management.

Tata Motors also unveiled the ULTRA 1518, an all-new production ready variant from Tata Motors ULTRA range of Intermediate & Light commercial vehicles. With a fully-built extended SLEEPER cabin, the ULTRA 1518 is designed to enhance operational efficiencies for a commercial vehicle operator, with faster turnaround. Equipped with three seats and a sleeper bed, the TATA ULTRA 1518 will ensure fatigue free commercial vehicle operations, thereby multiplying productivity, with the vehicle constantly on the move, ensuring quicker returns on investment.


Commenting on the launch of the new Tata SIGNA series of M&HCV’s, Mr. Ravi Pisharody, Executive Director, Commercial Vehicle Business Unit, Tata Motors, said, “For over six decades, we at Tata Motors have played a significant role in defining the Indian commercial vehicles landscape, recognizing customer needs, introducing game-changing product and categories, touching the lives of millions every day. Today’s unveil in the form of the new SIGNA range of medium & heavy duty commercial vehicles and the ULTRA 1518, is a showcase of that strength, presenting years of hard work, along with world-class engineering, commercial vehicle design and technologies, all aimed at increasing fleet efficiency, at the same time attracting the best drivers. With these commercial vehicle offerings, we hope to bring modern trucking mainstream, addressing emerging needs, for a safe, comfortable and connected commercial vehicle experience.

Reiterating Tata Motors commitment to the future of the commercial vehicle industry, Mr. Ravi Pisharody further added, “At the Auto Expo 2016, we also have on display our capabilities across the commercial vehicle spectrum, with technologies powering the future of goods and passenger movement. From the last mile Magic Iris Ziva, propelled by Hydrogen based Fuel-Cell technologies, the Tata Starbus Hybrid – the world’s first commercially produced CNG Hybrid Bus, to a new-generation last mile goods transport solution from the ACE family – The TATA ACE MEGA XL. With these new future ready products, we are all set to revolutionize the commercial vehicle industry here in India, and I am convinced that we’re setting new benchmarks for the entire industry.”

Ideal for customers who want to upgrade their commercial vehicles, the SIGNA range will continue to offer best business returns, with proven and reliable aggregates, a better in-cab experience, along with a more connected drive.


Following is a descriptor of products from the SIGNA range on display –

The Tata SIGNA 4923.S, is a tractor offering from Tata Motors new SIGNA range of commercial vehicles. With a Gross Combination Weight (GCW) of 49000 Kgs, when coupled with suitable trailers, the Tata SIGNA 4923.S proven and reliable Cummins ISBe 5.9 Common Rail engine, delivers power of 230 PS and a torque of 850Nm, with best-in-class Fuel Efficiency and is based on proven powertrain and aggregates, like the G1150 Gearbox and RA109SRT rear axle. Empowering customers with the lowest Total Cost of Ownership, the Tata SIGNA 4923.S is also offered with multiple fully-built load body options, making the vehicle a preferred choice for transporters for various applications.

The Tata SIGNA 3118.T is an MAV truck from Tata Motors new SIGNA range of commercial vehicles, with both steerable and Lift Axle options. With a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of 31 ton, the SIGNA 3118.T is powered by a world-class Tata Cummins B5.9 L- 6 cylinder engine, with an optimum combination of 180 PS and flat torque of 675 Nm at lowest rpm range, delivering best-in-class fuel efficiency and highest engine life. Coupled with a strong and sturdy chassis and vehicle aggregates, the SIGNA 3118.T is most suitable for all applications, also providing customers with the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

The Tata SIGNA 2518.K is a Construction and Mining offering from Tata Motors new SIGNA range of commercial vehicles. With a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of 25 ton, the Tata SIGNA 2518.K is powered by a world-class Tata Cummins B5.9 L- 6 cylinder engine, with an optimum combination of 180 PS and flat torque of 675 Nm at lowest RPM range, delivering best-in-class fuel efficiency and highest engine life. With a reliable and proven power train, the new Tata SIGNA 2518.K offers its customers better productivity and lowest cost of operations, for a construction vehicle. Multiple options of aggregates combinations and load bodies making the Tata SIGNA 2518.K a versatile workhorse for various applications.


BYD Electric bus begins trial operation at Don Mueang airport


After announcing their plans to fully electrify Bangkok’s public transportation bus fleet and inspecting the first pure electric bus in Thailand – the BYD K9, Thailand’s Ministry of Transport held a ceremony to mark the beginning of the electric bus trial operation at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport.

Upon their first inspection in January 2016, transport authorities were deeply impressed with the BYD K9’s quality and technology, giving the zero-emission bus the thumbs up to start the three-month trial operation serving the A1 route between Don Mueang International Airport and Mo Chit Skytrain Station. The BYD K9 serving the Don Mueang International Airport is expected to operate as successfully as it has been operating in both American and European airports since it started operating as early as 2011. The Deputy Minister of Transport, Mr. Ormsin Chivapruck and the president of the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA), Ms. Pranee Sukrasorn, expressed their wish that Thai commuters can start enjoying such comfort and cutting-edge technology as soon as possible.

Additionally to the Deputy Minister of Transport and the President of BMTA, Managing Director of Don Mueang International Airport, Mr. Phet Chan-Charoen, and other Thai high-government officials attended the ceremony. In his speech, Mr. Chivapruck said this trial operation will test the performance of the BYD K9 and gather relevant data for Thailand’s public transport electrification plans. After expressing his best wishes for the trial operation, he said that the process of public transport electrification is of utmost importance and urgency for Thailand. After the trial operation, BMTA will start the process of replacing the current 3,183 conventional buses with a tender for 200 pure electric buses. The Department of Transport will work in tandem with the BMTA board to accelerate the purchasing process.

The A1 bus line trial operation, connecting Don Mueang International Airport to Mo Chit Skytrain Station, will provide convenient, comfortable and clean transportation for airport travelers. As one of the pillar industries in Thailand, tourism responds for a huge demand for transportation in the country, being Don Mueang International Airport one of the world’s oldest international airports. In 2015, its passenger traffic reached around 30.3 million passengers, a 40.7% increase as compared to the previous year, thus presenting an excellent opportunity for the BYD K9 to prove its potential.

This is not the first time BYD’s electric buses are deployed to run airport services: since 2011, BYD’s pure electric buses have been providing both shuttle and airside services chiefly to Los Angeles International Airport and Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. The Don Mueang Airport service is just the beginning of transport electrification in Thailand, with Bangkok now joining the other 190 cities in 43 countries worldwide to benefit from the economic and environmental benefits of BYD’s electrified public transportation solutions.