UK trailer sales days with TIP

General Electric’s TIP Trailer Services will hold sales days this month in Glasgow, Scotland.  “We’ll have the best offers on curtainsiders, chassis, box vans and flats,” says Hannah Martin, sales operations manager for TIP.  “So come along to Glasgow and see our selection.”  The time, date and address details are on the About Us page of the firm’s website,
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Renault team wins European Truck Racing Championship team prize

Renault Trucks-MKR Technology won the team prize at the European Truck Racing Championship in Jarama, Spain recently.  The team finished the championship 27 points ahead of its nearest rival and at the end of its first season.  Renault is unsurprisingly pleased that its new team won, less than a year after its formation.  In the individual rankings, Renault Trucks-MKR’s drivers Marküs Bösiger finished in second place and Marküs Oestreich in fourth.
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John Humphrys to speak at SMMT dinner

The SMMT says John Humphrys, will the guest speaker at its 94th Annual Dinner on 23 November.  The annual event, supported by Lombard and held at the London Hilton, Park Lane brings together senior people from across the UK’s automotive industry.  Joe Greenwell, the SMMT’s president and Paul Everitt, its chief executive will also speak at the dinner.  The ‘2010 Next Generation Award’ winner will be announced at the event too.  Launched last year, this is open to undergraduates from any British university and is run jointly by Autocar and Courland Automotive Practice.
Tickets for the SMMT Annual Dinner are on sale now from Relish Events on 0808 178 8818 or by e-mailing
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Driving for Better Business goes platinum

The Driving for Better Business campaign has won a top road safety award and one of its business champion fleet members has been recognised for its occupational road risk management initiatives with a second award. The Driving for Better Business campaign, managed by RoadSafe on behalf of the Department for Transport, won the top Platinum Award in the 2010 honours from fleet industry publication Fleet Van. Meanwhile, business champion CE Electric UK, which through its two subsidiaries distributes electricity to customers in the North East of England, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, won the publication’s Van Fleet Initiative of the Year Award.

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Truck show confident

Germany’s huge truck show, the IAA, opens in Hannover this Thursday with most exhibitors very positive about the European and wider markets.  At the often enormous pre-show press conferences there were frequent references to rising orders and sales and clear confidence that markets were on the mend.  Others virtually queued to condemn 2009 as the worst market fall “on record” “since the second world war” or “in living memory,” but pretty much all agreed that the worst is over.  More cautious comments came from several senior UK truck and trailer men, most expect the UK’s recovery to be slower.  Almost without exception, their continental cousins are clearly confident.
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LF Hybrid leads for Daf

On its stand at the IAA show in Hanover, Daf Trucks will show its 12-tonne LF45 hybrid truck, due in production at the end of this year.  The firm has tested its LF Hybrid for two years in the UK and on the mainland and says the parallel hybrid power system can cut fuel use by between 10 and 20%.  The firm says it is the EU’s leading tractor unit maker, but still places a “major focus” on its rigid range, with a “tailor-made vehicle for every application”.  Also on show is special edition of the XF105 Super Space Cab, the Blue Edition.  Daf also claims a truck industry first by supplying all engine ratings in ultra-clean EEV versions.
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Mercedes-Benz, Fuso and Setra under one roof

Daimler AG says it is proud to have all its brands, Mercedes Benz, Fuso and Setra under one roof and on one stand for the first time at the IAA.  It is quite a big roof, two whole halls in fact, 14 and 15, with over 60 trucks, vans and buses and coaches.  The firm, the world’s leading commercial vehicle maker is also proudly back in the black with truck sales up 33% through to August this year compared to the same period last year.  Daimler is putting in on an impressive showing as usual.
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Volvo goes green

Volvo Trucks’ main message at the IAA show in Hanover is that tomorrow’s transport will be sustainable in terms of energy and economy.  The company is showing “unique new green technologies.”  It will also give its new Volvo FMX construction truck a premier at the show.  The firm says is working to find the best alternative fuels and to increase its trucks’ fuel efficiency.  It has an FM powered by a 13-litre diesel engine running on methane gas and diesel on show; it says it is the first to run diesel engines on gas.  Compared with older gas engines, the efficiency rating is up by between 30 and 40%.  “This technology is one of the fuel types that Volvo is evaluating,” it says.
There is a hybrid driveline on show, based on a 7-litre engine.  This will appear in a hybrid version of the Volvo FE in 2011.
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Tipper trailer under five tonnes from Schmitz

Schmitz Cargobull AG, which says that it senses a clear recovery in the trailer market is using the IAA Show at Hannover to launch a lightweight tipping trailer.  The S.KI steel X-Light, with a rounded steel body weighs 4.92 tonnes and with an aluminium body, 4.46t.  Schmitz says the 24 m3 will prove tough and well able to cope with the rough and tumble of tipper operations.  Schmitz said it has built as many vehicles in the first half of 2010 and did in the whole of its 2009/2010 business year.  It has also just returned to two-shift working at its Altenberge.
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Click for DSA advice for truck drivers

The official Driver Standards Agency Guide to Driving Good Vehicles is now available as a downloadable PDF.  Published by The Stationery Office, you’ll find it at  This is the only official guide to explain the standards need to pass today’s practical truck test.  It is the definitive guide for new and experienced truck drivers and trainers.  The PDF download gives instant access to the essential guidance people need to acquire and maintain the skills necessary to keep them safe on the road.
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