Commercial vehicle manufacturers: recovery still far away

The economic and financial crisis has a far-reaching effect on the European commercial vehicle industry. The drop in economic activity and transport has pushed truck production down to half of pre-crisis levels and there are no real signs of recovery in sight.

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Scania Forecasts end to UK Downturn

The good news is that Scania believe that the truck market can return to ‘normal’ levels – the bad news is that this won’t happen until 2012.

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New Scania R-series announced

Scania’s R-series is taking on a new look inside and out. External changes have sharpened its looks, while enhancing aerodynamics and improving cooling capacity. Inside there is a new high-quality ambience, along with a brand new pull-out bed concept and lots of thoughtful detailing emanating from customer requests.
Five years after its launch and with more than 200,000 vehicles delivered to markets across the globe, the top-of-the-line Scania R-series has been given a new, more dynamic frontal treatment and other external styling touches that serve to boost its productivity and improve its looks.

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Barnes DAF Dealerships bought by Heathrow Truck Centre

Heathrow Truck Centre, itself acquired by Ballyvessey Holdings in 2007, has taken over the Theale & Kidlington branches of Barnes DAF from F G Barnes & Son Limited. The newly rebranded depots are to be called HTC Reading DAF and HTC Oxford DAF and join the company’s dealerships at Luton, Heathrow & Park Royal.

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LDV Outlook Gloomier

According to reports from the BBC, Malaysian company, Weststar may once again pull out from discussions to purchase the Midlands vanmaker – this time from the administrator.

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Sent to Coventry

Renault Trucks have taken the plunge and spent a total of £9 million in the UK this year – £5 million on their new headquarters and £4 million on a flagship dealership in “Coventry”.

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Last Chance for RPC Euro 5 Registrations

British truck operators have only a few weeks left to take advantage of Government assistance to buy a new truck – assistance which could be worth £3,000 or more over the life of a heavy truck.

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New investment in the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles network of Van Centres and Authorised Repairers is good news for the motor industry.
With several new investments in the pipeline, two of the most recent developments include the appointment of a new Authorised Repairer in Stratford-upon-Avon, and the acquisition of the Volkswagen Van Centre in Shrewsbury by the Shropshire-based Greenhous Group that now operates seven franchises in Shropshire and Staffordshire.

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Good performance by the Vauxhall Movano in a front-line accident and emergency ambulance role has led West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust to order a further 64 vehicles.

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Until now, MAN have been keeping their Euro 5 cards close to their chests. It is obvious from their whole product positioning that they would like to be totally EGR throughout the range for Euro 5.

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