Today sees the introduction of a new major truck maker brand, Traton. This is the name chosen by the powers that be at the head of the Volkswagen Truck and Bus Group.
We hear about a Highway Hero, Hino Expansion, VW Plan and Cummins Getting Batteries in Diesel News this week.
Capability and confidence is at a high for Hino with increased involvement from five of Australia’s largest automotive and commercial vehicle retail groups.
“During 2017 and 2018, we will open three new Hino dealerships and upgrade four existing sites to meet increased demand,” said Bill Gillespie, Hino Australia’s General Manager Brand and Franchise Development. “It is significant that we have increased investment from five of Australia’s largest automotive and commercial vehicle retail groups in key locations across the country, namely Automotive Holding Group/AHG (Coffs Harbour), Sci Fleet (Eagle Farm, Brisbane), CMV Group (Laverton, Melbourne), AP Eagers (Mascot, Sydney) and the Suttons family-owned group (Arndell Park, Sydney). Read more
The latest from Diesel News this week includes a Linfox Appointment, VW/Navistar, Tesla, TMC, Hydrogen Trucks and a New Scania Team, plus 3D Printing and Strong Truck Sales.
Terry Quinnell has been appointed Linfox President – Retail after 40 years’ experience in the logistics industry. Quinnell began his career as a Linfox driver in 1978, and has managed some of Linfox’s largest customers as Vice President – Retail, plus spent nine years as General Manager – Woolworths. He recently led the development and implementation of Linfox’s new subcontractor management system FOXLink. Read more
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 appointed to the position in April. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
News this week has stirred up speculation about Volkswagen’s plans to expand its truck manufacturing business. By coincidence, Navistar sat down with the US truck press to talk about the company’s performance at around the same time as Andreas Renschler was taking the reins of the Volkswagen truck business. Read more
Once every two years the trucking world descends on Hannover for the IAA. This is, probably, the world’s biggest truck show and subject to a lot of attention. Global launches of trucks and trailers abound and everyone has something new to sell. This year, Daimler have introduced their Future Truck 2025 concept, the self driving truck in this video. Read more
Volkswagen have announced it now has bought enough shares in Scania to enable the German vehicle maker to buy out all of the existing shareholders. Swedish law requires any entity which controls 90 per cent of a company’s shares to buy out the remainder. Read more
In a bid to further integrate Scania into the Volkswagen business, the German car maker is making an offer to buy out the remaining shareholders in the Swedish truck builder. An offer has been publicly made offering a premium of over 50 per cent on the existing share price for any shareholder and amounts to a total spend by VW of $11.75 billion. Read more