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  • Gupta chosen to lead new Renault-Nissan Alliance LCV unit

    March 15, 2017

    The Renault-Nissan Alliance has created a business unit focused on light commercial vehicles (LCVs) as it looks to grow sales in the segment. Ashwani Gupta, vice-president of Renault’s LCV division since 2014, will lead the new unit. Mitsubishi, which became part of the Alliance following Nissan’s 34% share purchase last year, will also contribute to …

  • Mercedes-Benz Vans to help trial autonomous delivery robots

    January 18, 2017

    Mercedes-Benz Vans has confirmed it will participate in a number of pilot projects in Europe this year to test the use ground-based, last-mile autonomous delivery robots with robot developer Starship Technologies. The OEM has been working with UK-based Starship Technologies since mid-2016 and together they introduced the idea of using a van in conjunction with …

  • Volkswagen to deepen common platform and component sharing across MAN and Scania

    September 28, 2016

    Volkswagen’s commercial vehicle brands, led by MAN and Scania, have confirmed plans to deepen integration of component and powertrain development across various segments, with common platforms across the companies and cross-production of some components for other brands. The integration, which will not affect current plant capacities or locations, continues the group’s objective of using more …

  • Mercedes-Benz Vans starts work on US plant to cut lead times

    August 1, 2016

    Mercedes-Benz Vans is to end supply of semi-knockdown (SKD) Sprinter van kits to the US from Germany and set up a new $500m plant in North Charleston, South Carolina before the end of the decade. The company said production of the van in the US would offer a “faster and more individualised supply to its …

  • Mercedes-Benz Trucks celebrates 50 years at Wörth CKD facility

    April 29, 2016

      Mercedes-Benz Trucks is celebrating the 50th anniversary of operations at its complete knockdown (CKD) centre at the Wörth plant in Germany, where more than 700,000 truck parts kits have been made since it opened in 1966. Last year the centre dispatched 13,000 kits for reassembly in facilities around the world, including South Africa, Saudi …

  • UK commercial vehicle exports up a third

    April 6, 2016

    British-built commercial vehicle (CV) exports were up by more than a third in 2015, with around nine in ten destined for EU countries, figures by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows. Of the 94,479 CVs manufactured in Britain in 2015, 47,052 were exported, a rise of 34.7% compared to 2014. The figure …

  • Daimler Trucks begins Fuso assembly in Kenya

    March 15, 2016

    Daimler Trucks Asia has begun assembly of its Fuso range of commercial vehicles at a plant in Mombasa, Kenya, with its local partners Simba Colt and Associated Vehicle Assemblers. The Fuso 2523C heavy-duty trucks are being built up from complete knockdown (CKD) kits imported from its Oragadam plant in Chennai, India. “We have been successfully …

  • Crane Worldwide expands 3PL services for Intertruck spare parts

    March 9, 2016

    Freight management and contract logistics provider, Crane Worldwide Logistics, has signed spare parts forwarding deal for an undisclosed sum with Intertruck Group, the Netherlands-based supplier of commercial vehicles and equipment. Under the terms of the deal, which began in February and will be in place for three years, Crane Worldwide will handle over 35,000 line …