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Propulsion

Kenworth, Meritor Collaborate on Electric Truck

Another entry into the electric commercial truck space. This one from Kenworth and Meritor is coming as soon as year end

Australia’s Bolwell Plans Lightweight Supercar

Australia’s Bolwell Corp. is developing a new supercar to unveil at the Motorclassica classic car in Melbourne this autumn.

Fuel Cells

Toyota, Kenworth Add 10 Fuel Cell Trucks

Kenworth Truck Co. plans to outfit 10 more of its T680 Class 8 trucks with Toyota Motor Corp.’s fuel cell electric drivetrain for use in a pilot program at shipping ports in Los Angeles.

Propulsion

Toyota Updates Fuel Cell Test Truck

Toyota Motor Corp. unveiled an updated version of its Project Portal fuel cell-powered heavy-duty truck with reduced weight and increased driving range.   

Steel

Big Numbers & Light Ones

Forged aluminum wheels for trucks—as in Class 8 trucks, for example—are evidently big business.

Propulsion

UPS Expands CNG Program

United Parcel Services of America Inc. says it will build 12 more compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations and add 380 new CNG trucks to its alternative fuel and advanced technology fleet.

The Vehicular Art of. . .LEGO

A couple years ago I took my elementary-school-aged nephew from Hawaii to The Henry Ford Museum.

Business

VW: No Interest in Buying U.S. Truckmaker PACCAR

Volkswagen AG has dismissed as "complete rubbish" reports that it may try to acquire American commercial truckmaker PACCAR Inc.

PACCAR Names New CEO

Ronald Armstrong, currently president of commercial truckmaker PACCAR Inc., will take over as CEO on April 27.

PACCAR Exec Hired to Head Navistar’s N. American Truck Unit

Navistar International Inc. has recruited Bill Kozek, a 26-year veteran of rival truckmaker PACCAR Inc., to head its North American truck business.

Business

VW Considers Buying a Stake in Navistar

Volkswagen AG is pondering the idea of buying equity in U.S. commercial truckmaker Navistar International Corp., according to the Financial Times Deutschland, which cites no sources.

VW May Be Eyeing Navistar Stake

Volkswagen AG is studying the idea of buying equity in Navistar International Corp., according to the Financial Times Deutschland, which cites no sources.

Production

PACCAR to Cut Ohio Workforce

Truckmaker PACCAR Inc. confirms it will dismiss 10% of the 2,500 workers at its assembly plant in Chillicothe, Ohio, next week.

Economics

Paccar Nearly Doubles Fourth-Quarter Profit

Paccar Inc., the maker of DAF, Kenworth and Peterbilt heavy-duty trucks, netted $328 million in the fourth quarter of last year compared with $170 million in the same period of 2010.

Batteries

Eaton to Partner With Compact Power on Hybrid Systems

Compact Power Inc. has won a contract to supply lithium-ion batteries to Eaton Corp. for use in developing hybrid powertrains for commercial vehicles.