More leadership changes

The musical chairs at the head of European truck manufacturers continues with another new CEO being appointed. This week it is Scania who have announced the appointment of a new CEO, just a few months after the previous incumbent took up the job.     Scania has appointed Henrik Henriksson as the new President and CEO of Scania. He is set to take up his position in the new year. He succeeds Per Hallberg, who was only...

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Musical chairs at the top of Scania

The ramifications which have followed the swift departure of its CEO to take up the post of CEO at Volvo continue to play out for Scania. Martin Lundstedt left his role as Scania CEO in the days before a major restructure of the truck making businesses owned by the Volkswagen group, Scania, MAN and VW trucks in South America.       The latest changes see the man who has been tasked, by the board of VW, with the job on...

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Cat’s latest stunt

Here is another of what is becoming a growing trend, truck manufacturers making stunt videos with their trucks and posting them up on YouTube. The videos rarely have any real relevance to the act of trying to sell the truck to the customer. They are often about engaging the viewer, upping awareness of the brand and, perhaps highlighting one of the features of the truck. Of course, this is followed by the obligatory behind the scenes...

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Musical chairs at VW explained

The probable reason behind a couple of big moves at the top of Volkswagen and the two truck brands it owns, Scania and MAN, is explained by an announcement this week. VW has announced it is creating an integrated commercial vehicles group to be called Truck & Bus to become the holding company for its commercial vehicle brands.     In recent weeks, Scania CEO and anointed successor of long term boss Leif Ostling, Martin...

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Daily Delivery

This week has seen the official launch of the Iveco Daily van. The transport industry and truck media have been able test drive the new van and cab chassis range at the Anglesea proving grounds in Victoria. The launch featured the first appearance of a new automatic transmission from ZF, the Hi-Matic 8 speed box.     The Daily was initially unveiled at a spectacular global launch, last June, in Italy. Now, the right hand...

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February numbers pick up

The latest truck sales figures do not reinforce the pessimism of those earlier in the year. The Truck Industry Council has released the latest truck sales figures for February and appear to show confidence recovering in the trucking industry. The numbers of trucks sold in February are not going to break any records, but they do show a return to average sales in all market segments.   January trucks sales figures were looking...

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