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Nasdaq float for Smith Electric Vehicles

Date posted: August 27, 2010
Smith Electric Vehicles US Corp says it go for a stock market flotation on the Nasdaq exchange, once it owns the Smith UK business.  Smith US recently made a £37m offer to buy itself and the Smith UK business out of its parent firm, Tanfield Group Plc.  Tanfield also says the terms of the deal […]
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Qinetiq and SkyBitz offer secure global tracking

Date posted: August 27, 2010
SkyBitz, a leading US firm in the remote asset tracking and management business says it is working with UK defence outfit QinetiQ's GPS based telematics business to offer secure global asset tracking.  The two say there is a growing demand for rugged tracking devices fitted or concealed virtually anywhere and report via secure networks from […]
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FTA welcomes more enforcement

Date posted: August 27, 2010
The Freight Transport Association says it welcomes plans to extend the stopping powers of enforcement officers into Scotland and Northern Ireland.  The move will effectively give enforcement officers will have the same powers across the UK.  "FTA members support the move to allow Vosa and DVA, with their specialist knowledge and equipment, to focus on […]
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ePower Trucks launches new electric van

Date posted: August 27, 2010
UK-based ePower Trucks is launching a new 3.5t electric van that delivers whole life cost savings as well as environmental benefits.  At £30,000, the XT320E costs 50% less than other 3.5t electric vans.  With a standard battery pack it can carry a one tonne payload for 60 miles on a full charge.  A double battery […]
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Cascone leads Multipart direct-selling business

Date posted: August 27, 2010
John Cascone recently joined supply chain specialists Multipart Solutions Ltd as sales and marketing director.  He lead its direct sales team, covering the LDV parts business, the Vanfit all-makes van parts programme and the recently won Diesel Technic all-makes truck parts franchise. More from David Rowlands on +44 (0)2 074 948 050 or drowlands@automotivepr.com
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iPhone vehicle tracking app from Masternaut

Date posted: August 27, 2010
Masternaut has launched what it says is the world's first "feature-rich" web-based vehicle tracking service for the Apple iPhone and iPad.  This is the first in a series of free apps for Apple products from the Yorkshire-based telematics firm.  The Masternaut Rapide app for iPhone gives the main of the live Masternaut service to managers […]
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Atlas Maschinen buys Terex Atlas UK

Date posted: August 27, 2010
Following a deal where Atlas Maschinen GmbH bought Terex Atlas UK, the firm will now use the old Atlas identity and trade as Atlas Cranes UK Ltd.  "Only the name will change," said Jim Smith, commercial and special projects director for the firm.  Manufacturing stays in Delmenhorst, Germany, and UK sales, service and support stays […]
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Optare hybrids sail through certification tests

Date posted: August 27, 2010
Optare says that diesel-electric hybrid versions of its Solo and Versa models have passed certification trials to satisfy the Low Carbon Emission Bus rules under the Green Bus Grant scheme.  The certification, independently done at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire applies to all production Solo and Versa hybrids.  Millbrook's test cycle replicates London's route 159, […]
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New boss for Volvo East Anglia

Date posted: August 27, 2010
Darren Wymer is the new manager for Volvo Truck and Bus Centre East Anglia's Bardon depot, near Coalville, Leicestershire.  The depot opened in February 2009, a near to the M1's junction two.  Its workshop has three drive-through bays and a vehicle lift big enough for a complete artic and is open six days a week, […]
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And finally

Date posted: August 27, 2010
New Scientist's Feedback column reports that while using the Scirus.com online search, reader Guy Cox was exhorted to "Get African diseases now!"  He passed and carried on looking for the African Journal of Infectious Diseases. More from www.newscentist.com
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More growth for vans and some for trucks

Date posted: August 16, 2010
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders just published UK vehicle registration data for July. These show 20,069 vans and trucks registered in July; down 4.4% to 236,629 for the rolling year. There were 2,760 trucks registered in the month, down 25.8% to 32,115 for the rolling year. For vans the total for the month […]
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Industry bodies unite on truck testing

Date posted: August 16, 2010
The Road Haulage Association, the Freight Transport Association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association have joined forces to urge the UK government to fully privatise truck, trailer, bus and coach annual MoT testing. In a letter to Phillip Hammond, transport minister they say the DfT should […]
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Bus and coach registrations dive but minibuses buck the trend

Date posted: August 16, 2010
SMMT data for July's UK bus and coach registrations show big buses down 74% and big coaches down 13%. Minibuses bucked the trend, through March to July at least. "2010's falling big bus registration trend accelerated in July as recession bit the sector," said Paul Everitt, the SMMT's chief executive. "Public spending cuts may further […]
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Ashok takes 26% stake in Optare

Date posted: August 16, 2010
Ashok Leyland Ltd, the Indian subsidiary of the London-based Hinduja Group says that it has agreed with Optare plc to take a 26% in the UK bus maker. The deal is worth some $7.5m (£4.8m). It will give Ashok access to Optare's technology, including its successful range of mid- and full- size city buses. Optare […]
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Electric EcoDaily from Iveco

Date posted: August 16, 2010
Iveco has launched its EcoDaily Electric van and chassis cab models for the UK and Ireland. The firm says the move gives fleets access to the first fully electric 3.5 and 5.2 tonne zero emission van and light truck range made by a major vehicle company. "EcoDaily is unique in its sector for being built […]
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Hannover truck show soon

Date posted: August 16, 2010
The IAA Hannover truck show will run from 23 to 30 September this year. With 1,619 exhibitors it is the biggest of its type in Europe by far, with 190,000m2 for indoor and 30,000m2 for outdoor exhibits. 730 of the exhibitors are German firms. Amongst the 889 foreign exhibitors, Turkey leads with 107, reflecting the […]
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First electric van from Mercedes

Date posted: August 16, 2010
Mercedes-Benz says it believes its Vito E-Cell is the first ex-factory battery-electric van. The new van has a 130km range and is "ideally suitable for inner-city operations" and in environmentally sensitive areas. Neither payload weight nor cube are cut by the emission-free drive line and batteries and the vehicle is virtually silent to run. The […]
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Middle East success for TruckProtect

Date posted: August 16, 2010
TruckProtect says its Middle East agent has sold 10,000 of the firm's NeckIt units. This, it says, means TruckProtect is the Middle East's market leader for fuel anti-siphon devices. Richard Fowler, the firm's technical director says the firm's success follows it joining an SMMT delegation to the Middle East two years ago. "We aimed to […]
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Daimler to spend $200m on Detroit Diesel

Date posted: August 16, 2010
Daimler Trucks North America says it will spend $194m (€157m) on its Detroit Diesel engine factory in Redford, Michigan. The move will be "supported" by state and local incentives, including a Michigan Economic Growth Authority Award of $56.8 million (€46m) as well as other state and local tax credits. The cash will "substantially expand" engine […]
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Good long-term prospects for road freight

Date posted: August 16, 2010
The first quarter of 2010 has already seen a return to some unmistakable growth rates in freight transport. Forecasts for the year as a whole in Germany, for example, assume an increase in road freight transport of over 6%. "In the coming year, we could reach the volume we had in 2008," said Matthias Wissmann, […]
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Daf goes all EEV

Date posted: August 16, 2010
Daf now offers an EEV version of its 6.7 litre Paccar GR-engine. This move makes the firm the first truck maker with a full, EEV ultra-low emission engine range. Enhanced Environmentally-friendly Vehicles emit at least 33% less particulates than Euro 5 levels. Daf says that some of its smaller engines can hit EEV emission levels […]
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No consistent recovery until next year

Date posted: August 16, 2010
"In 2008 China took less than 30% of the heavy vehicle market over six tonnes." "This year the figure will exceed 40%," said Matthias Wissmann of the VDA. "Western truck markets, too, will recover in 2010, even if from a low level." Since the middle of last year the US truck business has picked up […]
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UK gets new 7.0 tonne Daily and EcoDaily

Date posted: August 16, 2010
Iveco has extended its UK range of Daily and EcoDaily vans and light trucks with a series of new 7.0 tonne van, chassis cab and crew cab models. These offer a 4.7 tonne body and payload allowance, 470kg more than 6.5 tonne models. Iveco says this is more than many medium range trucks and "testament […]
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Krone wins repeat Dennis deal

Date posted: August 16, 2010
Dennis Distribution just got two new Krone Cool Liner Duoplex GRP trailers. The Yorkshire-based transport firm now has nine Krone trailers in its 70 strong fleet; the others are four milk tankers and three curtainsiders. The new Cool Liners will carry Dovecote Park's beef products from Yorkshire to distribution centres in Southern England. They also […]
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Sun, sea, sand - and Commercial Motor

Date posted: August 16, 2010
The sun has gone to the heads of those fine journalists at Commercial Motor: they're producing a summer sizzler on 12 August. "As well as all the usual news and legal coverage you expect from the transport industry bible," Justin Stanton says the "special summer sizzler" will have a group test of five 120-tonners and […]
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Germany well prepared for upturn

Date posted: August 16, 2010
Last year, across the whole German commercial vehicle industry, sales dropped to half their previous level. Some firms, trailer makers and bodybuilders, lost 80% of their sales. Despite that the industry retained 95% of its permanent staff, "leaving it well prepared for the upturn," said Matthias Wissmann, president of the Verbund der Deutsche Automobile Industrie […]
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Iveco aims at recovery sector

Date posted: August 16, 2010
The recovery sector is a prime target market for Iveco's newly extended Daily and EcoDaily vans and light truck range in the UK. This includes new 7.0 tonne van, chassis cab and crew cab models. "The vehicle recovery sector is one where the Iveco range is already very popular," said Martin Flach, UK product director. […]
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German commercial vehicle industry up 5%

Date posted: August 16, 2010
For the German commercial vehicle industry the signs of recovery are "clearly visible." This year commercial vehicle registrations are up by 4%. German truck exports have also "increased significantly", by 57% since the start of the year. "This year we expect to see the domestic market for heavy vehicles climb to 64,000 units, said Matthias […]
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Anti-siphon device for Daily and EcoDaily

Date posted: August 16, 2010
Iveco and long-term partner Tiss Security Systems have launched a new anti-siphon device for Daily and EcoDaily vans and light trucks. The TankSafe Daily is based on Tiss' popular TankSafe Standard unit for trucks, which Tiss says is "the most effective basic fuel protection system" available. Modified to fit the Daily models, the new unit […]
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Know your batteries

Date posted: August 16, 2010
Dundee-based Axeon has published a "Guide to Batteries" to help people understand automotive batteries. This is free to download from www.axeon.com, the firm's website. The guide has general information on batteries, charging and related infrastructure. It also covers different cell chemistries, some probable future developments. It also gives an overview of battery management systems, critical […]
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More Scottish Rewards

Date posted: August 16, 2010
Transport News has added two new categories to its annual Transport News Scottish Rewards celebration breakfast. They are: Top Health & Safety Conscious Company, sponsored by Glasgow Training Group Fuel Savings Initiatives, sponsored by Freight Best Practice Scotland. These join the other 14 categories, including Scottish Haulage Company of the Year and Scottish Industry Personality […]
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UK management moves at MAN

Date posted: August 16, 2010
MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd says that in July Des Evans resumed his CEO job. At the same time, Vince Welsh moved from the firm's Bus & Coach division to be UK aftersales director. Michael Latham is now director, branch operations, responsible for MAN's 18 workshops. Sandy Millar is now UK sales director, responsible […]
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National Training Award for Systems

Date posted: August 16, 2010
Logistics industry training firm System Training just won the UK Warehousing Association Training Award in a ceremony at the Dorchester, London. This was for the firm's work to improve skills across the sector and use innovative training schemes to help cut costs. System Training showed how it helped Home Delivery Network, presently changing its name […]
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New bus tyres from Goodyear

Date posted: August 16, 2010
Goodyear says it will introduce its UrbanMax range of bus and municipal vehicle tyres to the UK. The firm says these offer high mileage and "superb braking" on wet roads and in winter weather. They use the latest materials, tread patterns and carcasses to deliver lower fuel use and up to 40% more mileage than […]
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VW wins 47-strong van deal

Date posted: August 16, 2010
Commercial dishwasher supplier, Winterhalter, will change its van fleet to Volkswagen. It has ordered 47 Caddy Maxi, Transporter and Crafter vans. The firm designs and makes commercial dishwashing systems for the catering and hospitality industry and will use the new vans in its national service network. "We operate a 96% first time fix service for […]
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Thorneycroft-Smith joins Modec

Date posted: August 16, 2010
UK-based electric truck maker Modec just made Chris Thorneycroft-Smith its business development director. He is best known for his successful time as UK marketing boss at Daf and later Leyland Daf and then in a similar, though wider, UK role at Iveco where he was market director and head of LCVs. Modec has scored a […]
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CM wishes you were here

Date posted: August 16, 2010
It's easy to get bored while on holiday, away from your business and away from your vehicles. So take Commercial Motor with you and stand a chance of winning a Flip high-definition camcorder. "We're looking for the best and most creative holiday snap of you reading your CM," says Justin Stanton, editor, who will judge […]
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Obama Praises Smith Electric Vehicles

Date posted: August 16, 2010
Barack Obama praised workers at Smith Electric Vehicles' US factory in Kansas City on a Presidential visit last week. Obama said: "This has been a difficult period for America: two years of brutal recession; a decade of economic insecurity, but what you are proving here at Smith Electric is the promise of a brighter future." […]
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Back Again

Date posted: August 16, 2010
Holidays and IT problems mean we've missed more summer issues than planned. But all is sorted now; we're glad to be back and sorry to have been away longer than expected. More from Robin Dickeson on +44 (0)2 073 449 222 or rdickeson@smmt.co.uk
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And finally

Date posted: August 16, 2010
New Scientist's Feedback column says that one of its readers, John Gledhill discovered that you risk rebuke if you ignore the instructions that come with a Swan Teasmade kit: "Do not remove the teapot from the base during the filling cycle," they say, "as scolding water will be ejected." More from www.newscientist.com
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