TRUCKMAKERS' NEWS * WORLDWIDE
* Germany - New Mercedes-Benz heavy trucks due in 2010
Franckfurt,Germany -Automotive World (UK), by Alan Bunting/emercedesbenz.com -22 November, 2007: -- An all-new Mercedes-Benz truck range, code named SFTP, is due to be unveiled at the IAA show in Hanover in September 2010. Replacing today's Actros and Axor ranges, it will also mark the first appearance in Europe... THE CONCEPT: Identical parts for multiple applications reduce unit costs - For the first time, Fuso and Mercedes-Benz have jointly developed a vehicle platform for a new product family of trucks — “SFTP,” which is to include a number of identical parts suitable for cross-brand applications. Higher production volumes mean lower unit costs. That’s why the aim is to use economies of scale to achieve very high efficiency in the production of components like the instrument cluster that Osamu, Beth and Kurt must adapt to the requirements of their respective brands... (Image: The “round table” calls for all partners jointly developing a shared component to reach a consensus when formulating the part’s specification.)
* Belgium - Volvo might be in for long wait with Dongfeng JV
Brussels,Belgium -Reuters -Nov 22, 2007: -- Swedish industrial group Volvo AB could have to wait years before it can begin manufacturing heavy trucks in China together with potential joint venture partner Dongfeng Motor Group Co Ltd... When asked when the joint venture could be finalized, Volvo Deputy Chief Executive Jorma Halonen said it could take anywhere between 2 to 15 years... "It physically takes time because there are so many authorities involved," he explained...
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