BorgWarner introduces 4 new EGR coolers for commercial vehicle applications

  • Four new designs cover a wide range of engine sizes
  • Enhance coolant distribution and provide high robustness against thermal fatigue
  • Help commercial vehicles with natural gas engines meet emissions regulations

Auburn Hills, Michigan, August 1, 2017 – To support commercial vehicle manufacturers in meeting current and future emissions regulations, BorgWarner has developed an economical new series of multi-platform exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) coolers featuring a compact floating core. Unlike conventional solutions which must be specifically designed for each application, the company’s modular cooler family includes four highly adaptable standard designs for maximum flexibility covering a wide range of engine sizes from 2.0- to 16.0-liter displacement. The new EGR solution offers high robustness against thermal fatigue and enhanced coolant distribution for durable performance even with minimum coolant flow, while reducing NOX emissions.

“With lower production volumes and high durability requirements, the commercial vehicle segment needs an EGR solution that provides outstanding performance and reduces complexity at the same time,” said Joe Fadool, President and General Manager, BorgWarner Emissions & Thermal Systems. “Offering high flexibility and durability, our newly developed EGR coolers have already piqued the interest of several manufacturers that see the potential for a cost-effective solution to help meet increasingly stringent emissions regulations.”

Featuring hybrid tube heat transfer technology and a floating inner core, BorgWarner’s EGR coolers are designed to resist high levels of thermal load. In addition, the system provides enhanced coolant distribution, which enables durable performance even with minimum coolant flow. BorgWarner integrated a thermomechanical damper into the design to facilitate complete decoupling of the shell and inner core components to absorb longitudinal and angular differences for improved durability. The damper also provides some initial extra cooling for the inlet gas to reduce thermal shock and allows better gas distribution to the tubes to resist thermal fatigue. In addition, cooling the damper and inlet gas box reduces the overall temperatures achieved, which in turn significantly lowers thermal stress. When the system is operated at an exhaust gas temperature of 1,562°F (850°C), the inlet gas box temperature is kept below 392°F (200°C), compared to more than 1,292°F (700°C) without cooling. The advanced design also minimizes the effect of the engine transients over the EGR cooler’s durability. The four new coolers allow the standardization of most of the components from one application to another, with the exception of the housing and the mounting fixtures, resulting in maximum adaptability for robust, tailor-made solutions and high cost-efficiency.

Via: BorgWarner Press Release

WABCO wins ReMaTec’s Remanufacturer of the year 2017 award

BRUSSELS, Belgium – WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC), a leading global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, was recently recognized by ReMaTec, known as the world’s leading platform for remanufacturing, with the coveted Remanufacturer of the Year 2017 award. ReMaTec bestowed the annual award on WABCO’s dedicated global remanufacturing business, WABCO Reman Solutions. Established in 2005, the Remanufacturer of the Year award represents the most prestigious in the global remanufacturing industry.

WABCO Reman Solutions, founded in 2010, advances operational efficiency and environmental sustainability in the automotive, commercial vehicle, and related industries by restoring worn or non-functional components to a “like-new” or a “better-than-new” condition, offering solutions that are fully warranted in performance and quality.

ReMaTec’s Remanufacturer of the Year award celebrates companies and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the remanufacturing industry for extended periods of time. ReMaTec’s international jury of industry experts judged all award nominations based on a set of key success factors, including technical excellence, commitment to quality, impact on the remanufacturing industry, and customer service. For the first time, ReMaTec jointly recognized two individuals with the 2017 Remanufacturer of the Year award: Dr. Salvador Munoz Zarate, Product Line Leader at WABCO Reman Solutions, and Peter Bartel, Engineering Director at Circular Economy Solutions.

“We bestow the Remanufacturer of the Year 2017 award on WABCO’s Dr. Salvador Munoz Zarate and Peter Bartel at Circular Economy Solutions for their tireless work in representing the European automotive remanufacturing industry in advising the United Nations and European Commission on industry-critical issues,” said Adam Hill, Editor of ReMaTec News and Chairman of the Remanufacturer of the Year 2017 award jury. “They were the driving force behind the industry’s breakthrough declaration of common definitions and jointly have made a massive contribution to the greater understanding of the global remanufacturing sector, including by key decision-makers in government and public policy.”

“It’s a tremendous honor for WABCO Reman Solutions to receive ReMaTec’s Remanufacturer of the Year 2017 award, reflecting our leadership in the global remanufacturing industry,” said Dr. Salvador Munoz Zarate, Product Line Leader, WABCO Reman Solutions. “Remanufacturing, through its adherence to world-class quality standards, has now fully emerged as a credible, cost-efficient alternative to new replacement parts in the automotive and commercial vehicle industries. In addition, remanufacturing helps protect the environment by promoting sustainable business practices and solutions.”

Added Munoz Zarate: “Over the past few years alone, WABCO Reman Solutions has remanufactured more than 120,000 air compressors for customers in the United States with zero quality issues.“

“Remanufacturing is an integral part of our differentiating aftermarket strategy to better serve commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators around the globe,” said Nick Rens, WABCO President, Trailer Systems, Aftermarket and Off-Highway Division. “WABCO Reman Solutions provides cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly parts and components which meet top quality standards. We have dynamically grown our remanufacturing business over the years and continue to expand this compelling service offering in markets worldwide.”

WABCO Reman Solutions restores used components to cost-efficient “like-new” or “better-than-new” replacement parts for trucks, buses, trailers, passenger cars, and off-highway vehicles. Its broad portfolio of remanufactured parts includes mechanical, mechatronic, electronic and hydraulic products. Today, WABCO Reman Solutions maintains a global remanufacturing footprint with five production facilities in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Poland, and China serving customers worldwide.

Remanufacturing is a vital contributor to the circular economy, which promotes sustainability by focusing on keeping products in use for as long as possible, extracting the maximum value from them and then fully restoring them at the end of each service life. According to the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA), remanufactured parts can save up to 85% in raw materials and use only 55% of the energy typically required to produce new ones.

About WABCO

WABCO (NYSE: WBC) is a leading global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles. Founded nearly 150 years ago, WABCO continues to pioneer breakthrough innovations for advanced driver assistance, braking, stability control, suspension, transmission automation and aerodynamics. Partnering with the transportation industry as it maps a route towards autonomous driving, WABCO also uniquely connects trucks, trailers, cargo, drivers, business partners and fleet operators through advanced fleet management systems and mobile solutions. WABCO reported sales of $2.8 billion in 2016. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, WABCO has 13,000 employees in 40 countries. For more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com. For more information on the WABCO Reman Solutions, visit www.am.wabco-auto.com.

Via: Wabco Press Release

Rosenbauer launches all new Panther 8×8 purpose built for firefighting at large airports

New fire fighting vehicle with outstanding features for the largest airports in the world

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  • Performance-optimized high-end vehicle with new pump and cab
  • Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle and Dubai International Airport will receive the first vehicles
  • Vienna Airport is renewing its entire fleet of firefighting vehicles on the airfield

The PANTHER 8×8 is the most powerful aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle from Rosenbauer. It is used at major international airports which operate aircraft such as the Airbus A380, and airports which have special requirements on acceleration, maximum speed, and fire extinguishing capacity of fire fighting vehicles due to the geographical dimensions.  The flagship of the PANTHER series protects many of the major aviation hubs in Europe for example, such as the two Parisian airports Orly and Charles de Gaulle, the German hubs in Berlin and Düsseldorf as well as the airports in Athens, Geneva, Moscow, Oslo, and Prague, to name but a few.

Internationally, the PANTHER 8×8 has a particularly strong presence in Asia and the Arab world. Beijing, the world’s largest airport by volume of passengers, operates several vehicles, as do Shanghai-Pudong, Guangzhou, and Hongkong. In India, 8×8 vehicles are stationed at New-Delhi Airport, while other large 8×8 fleets are also located at airports in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman and Japan. And in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban, Rosenbauer’s flagship has been in operation for years.

Power, Safety, Comfort

In 1992, the first PANTHER 8×8 was put into service at Geneva Airport. Today, it is in its fourth generation. Just like the new PANTHER 4×4 and 6×6, which have been on the market for two years, the new PANTHER 8×8 has also been improved in three main aspects: It has a higher driving and extinguishing performance, offers the occupants more safety, and is more comfortable and accurate than its predecessor model. All this in a vehicle whose chassis, bodywork, firefighting equipment, and electronics are made by a single manufacturer. The first vehicles of the new generation will be delivered to Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle, Dubai International Airport, and Vienna-Schwechat.

Improved Driving Dynamics

A PANTHER 8×8 weighs up to 52 t and has up to 19,000 l of extinguishing agent on board. It is able to sprint across the airfield in the required time thanks to its two 700 hp strong Euro 5 engines. Optionally, the new PANTHER 8×8 can also be equipped with more powerful Euro 6 engines.

Together, they accelerate the power house from 0 to 80 km/h in considerably less than 25 seconds, and provide a top speed of more than 135 km/h. If the engines are decoupled, then one engine drives the wheels while the other drives the pump for pump-and-roll operation. A reworked drive concept allows for shorter switching times from pump-and-roll operation back into driving mode (both engines). Due to the modified weight and axle load distribution and a reduction in the overall center of gravity, the vehicle’s dynamics and stability were also further improved.

Stronger Pump

At the heart of its extinguishing technology, the PANTHER 8×8 incorporates the new N110 industrial supply pump. It features optimized pump drive and delivers over 10,000 liters of water per minute at 10 bar. For the application of extinguishing agent, monitors are available in various performance classes, including the new RM80 roof turret with an output rate of up to 9,000 l/min and a throw range of 100 m for water and 90 m for foam operations, as well as the new RM35 with up to 4,750 l/min and throwing distances of 85 m (water) and 76 m (foam).

In order to be able to combat fires at or near ground level (landing gear and jet engines), the RM35 can be mounted on a swiveling bumper boom turret, which is installed in the underride protection. For firefighting from an elevated position, the PANTHER 8×8 can be equipped with the STINGER boom, which can be erected to heights of up to 16 or 20m.

Improved Occupant Protection

The crew is well protected in the new PANTHER cabin, as has been successfully demonstrated in crash tests carried out in accordance with ECE R29/3. The cabin also offers the occupants more room and storage space as well as an improved view to the outside thanks to the larger glass surfaces, slimmer A-pillar, and narrower control and instrument panel.

For modern comfort in the cabin, a new cab suspension provides better decoupling of underground movements. And even the pump is now further decoupled from the pumping box in the new PANTHER 8×8, so that any vibrations transmitted to adjacent components, e.g., in pump-and-roll mode, are kept to a minimum.

Complete Switchover in Vienna

Vienna-Schwechat, Austria’s largest airport, will replace its entire ARFF fleet and will exclusively operate Rosenbauer vehicles on the airfield in the future. In addition to the E8000/E3000 escape stair which is already in use, two PANTHER 6×6 S will be commissioned by the end of the year, with which the airport fire department can also access public roads and the marshy area which is part of the operational range. In the coming year, four new PANTHER 8x8s will be added, giving Vienna Airport the world’s most modern fleet of airport extinguishing and rescue vehicles.

New PANTHER 8×8

Chassis: Rosenbauer 52.1400 8×8
Engine: 2 x Volvo D16 Euro 5 (Euro 6 optional)
Power: 1.030 kW (1,400 hp)
Transmission: Allison automatic transmission
Brakes: Disk brakes
Crew: 1 + 5

Extinguishing agent: Up to 16,800 l water, 2,200 l foam compound and 500 kg powder / CO2
Pump unit: N110 with 10,000 l/min at 10 bar
Foam proportioning system: FOAMATIC E
Roof turret: RM80 with up to 9,000 l/min
Bumper turret: RM35 with up to 4,750 l/min
Boom (optional): STINGER, HVLA (High Volume Low Attack)

Dimensions L x W x H: 13.1 x 3.0 x 3.7 m (LWB) or 12.0 x 3.0 x 3.7 m (SWB)
Weight: 52 t

Via: Rosenbauer Press Release

Scania launches new generation tipper for Indian mining sector

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The P440 8X4 20.2 Cu.m U-BODY tipper offers increased payload carrying capacity and fuel efficiency in mining operations

Hyderabad, 11 July 2017: Scania CV India Pvt. Ltd., the leading commercial vehicle and engine manufacturing company today launched the new P 440 8X4 20.2 Cu.m U-BODY tipper. The P 440 U-BODY tipper has been designed to increase the productivity of mining tippers and improve the Total Operating Economy.

Scania India is committed to building innovative and sustainable solutions that meet the specific requirements of different sectors and regions. The P440 tipper was designed to meet demanding conditions in the Indian subcontinent and offer maximum operational capacity and fuel efficiency. The “U” design for the tipper body is the first in its class for overburden removal application. The body’s unparalleled combination of “U” design and superior wear resistant steel increases the payload carrying capacity by up to 5 percent while reducing the fuel consumption by almost 5 percent due to low self-weight of the tipper body. It also improves the stability of the vehicle by lowering the overall centre of gravity.

The P 440 U-BODY tipper comes with a mixture of time tested driveline and a new engine. It has a 13 litre, 440 HP engine and is capable of reaching peak torque at lower engine speed. It is BSIV compliant through Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology. This when coupled with Scania patented Opticruise® gear shift technology keeps the gear shifts to an optimal number and directly benefits the customer by improving fuel efficiency.

The Indian mining sector needs tough vehicles that can ply under the most demanding of situations. With this in mind, Scania put the P 440 U-BODY tipper through intense testing for over 12000 hours of operations in some of the most demanding mines in India, before launching it in the market. This level of intense testing on each field test tippers is testimony to Scania’s commitment to ensuring product quality.

Speaking at the launch function, Mr. Raghavan Srinivasa, Director, Sales (Trucks) at Scania Commercial Vehicles India Pvt. Ltd. said, “We at Scania work to integrate sustainability into the core of the business. Scania leverages innovative thinking, develops partnerships and works extensively within the logistics flow to capture efficiencies and secure customer profitability. We are very confident that P 440 U-BODY tipper will deliver on our promise of driving even more value and profitability for our customers”

All Scania tippers also come with an option of choosing Fleet Management Services. This service enables the customer to remain in control of the fleet’s performance by providing information such as fuel consumption, tipper idling time, driving behavior and tipper’s position. When leveraged in conjunction with our Driver Coaching Program, the FMS ensures maximum productivity and profitability for the customer.

While talking about Scania’s commitment to offering complete solution to customer Ms. Hanna Johansson, Director, Business Support, Scania Commercial Vehicles India Pvt. Ltd. (on behalf of Mr. Mikael Benje, Managing Director) said, “Scania India firmly believes in having a true partnership with our customers. Besides being a manufacturer of heavy trucks and buses, Scania is increasingly developing new ways of delivering customer value based on a full service offering that delivers lifecycle profitability.”

Via: Scania India Press Release

UD Trucks launches the all-new heavy-duty Quon truck- promising “innovation that puts people first” with advanced solutions across five essential feature areas

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Ageo, Japan, UD Trucks today launched the all-new Quon, representing a full model change for UD Trucks’ heavy-duty flagship.

UD Trucks has a proud heritage that has brought many innovative products and features over the years. But at UD Trucks, innovation goes beyond new technologies. For us, innovation is a commitment to deliver the trucks and services the world needs today, adding value to our customers’ and partners’ businesses and society at large.

To serve our customers and partners in an even better way, UD Trucks has over the past few years invested more than during any other period in our history in facilities, in services, in our people, and not at least in our products. The all-new Quon with associated services now moves us into a stronger position in the truck industry.

Combining industry-leading fuel efficiency with dynamism and drivability, the all-new Quon offers an unparalleled driveline that delivers a smooth, stress-free and comfortable ride. Quon is equipped with advanced safety features protects the driver and cargo, but also cares for the safety of the vehicle’s surroundings. The comfortable interior lets the driver focus on driving, while the striking and dignified exterior will be a source of pride and joy for anyone in the cockpit. The all-new Quon meets the needs of transport solutions in the modern age by “putting people first” in every fine detail and pushing boundaries further than ever before through leading edge innovations.

“The all-new Quon of course complies with the new and stricter emission regulations in Japan. In addition though, it also delivers better performance across the board. Equipped with the ESCOT-VI, the electronically controlled automatic transmission that is the industry benchmark, our heavy-duty flagship truly feels like a passenger car to drive. It offers a complete solution that meets customers’ needs and is sure to earn their satisfaction. Simply put, Quon now better than ever and it embodies UD Trucks promise of Going the Extra Mile for our customers” said Yoshihiro Murakami, President of UD Trucks, at the launch.

Discover UD Trucks’ all new Quon at https://youtu.be/Ah2KPfKh5Dg

The all-new Quon has multiple unique features that combined takes trucking in Japan to an unprecedented performance level.

Drivability – easier and smoother to support the driver

The cockpit has been redesigned around the way it feels to use it, with operability and visibility ergonomically re-engineered from the ground up. The new ESCOT-VI electronically controlled automatic transmission adopts a simple, easy-to-use straight shift pattern, further advancing the Quon’s unrivaled operability while also enhancing its ability to navigate snowy and muddy conditions. All models feature disc brakes as standard, yet another first for Japan. The disc brakes provide a swift, smooth response and outstanding braking performance. Through these features, the all-new Quon provides a comfortable driving environment allowing drivers concentrate on the road ahead.

Fuel efficiency – cleaner yet more powerful for improved performance and environmental care

The fuel-efficient, powerful and clean 11-liter GH11 engine complies with Japanese 2016 exhaust gas regulations, and all models achieves +5% over the 2015 fuel economy standards for heavy vehicles in Japan. The engine generates powerful torque from low revs up through a wide RPM range, making the Quon a pleasure to drive. To further support fuel-efficient driving, the Quon also features the ESCOT-VI’s Foretrack anticipatory solutions that use GPS to look ahead, as well as the Fuel Coach, a system that displays driving advice to help drivers achieve further improvement in fuel economy.

Safety – safer and more reliable for the driver, cargo and surroundings

The all-new Quon amongst others features the UD Trucks Traffic Eye Brake system (collision mitigation braking), which uses high-precision radar and a cabin-mounted camera for dual-monitoring of the road ahead, as well as advanced driver assistance systems including Driver Alert Support. Our new flagship is also fitted with disc brakes featuring excellent heat-release properties for superb and industry benchmark anti-fade performance. In combination, these advanced systems deliver enhancements on both active and passive safety.

Productivity – more payload and greater efficiency for increased profitability

Every component has been refined to realize an overall lighter vehicle, while achieving gains in load-carrying capacity of up to 200kg depending on the model. Improved ease of loading, bodybuilding efficiency and smoothness at creeping speed for approaching loading docks also reflect our uncompromising commitment to boost productivity for our customers. We have also expanded the dry wing-body variations available in the Perfect Quon range and added a refrigeration wing-body. The all-new Quon offers a highly productive range of vehicles optimized for our customers business needs.

Uptime – stay on the road to minimize non-revenue generating time 

The all-new Quon represents a further upgrade in vehicle reliability and durability. It is easier to maintain, with a reduced number of parts requiring regular replacement and longer service intervals on genuine parts. Moreover, comprehensive UD Extra Mile Support including UD Genuine Parts and Service, the UD Trust service agreement, and UD Information Service utilizing the latest in connectivity – keeps customers’ vehicles in the best possible condition to maximize uptime.

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UD Trucks is a leading Japanese transport solution provider that was established in Japan in 1935 and became a part of the Volvo Group in 2007.  Headquartered in Ageo, Saitama prefecture, Japan – UD Trucks vision is to provide the trucks and services the world needs today. The company is currently active in more than 60 countries and promises to Go The Extra Mile for its many customers worldwide. Ultimate Dependability (UD) is an essential part of UD Trucks heritage and is experienced across our range of light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles as well as in our associated, leading services.

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Daimler’s FUSO showcases all-electric eCanter at NTEA Work Truck Show in USA

  • FUSO showcased its all-electric light-duty truck eCanter at the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Work Truck Show 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  • The truck on display is an outlook on the small series to be launched and delivered to customers later this year in the US, Europe and Japan
  • FUSO will be the first OEM to launch a series model of all-electric light-duty trucks, making it the front-runner in electric trucks
  • Through customer trials in real-life conditions, the zero emission FUSO eCanter has proved to be technically reliable and economically viable with enough mileage and payload for daily use
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eCanter at NTEA Work Truck Show

Kawasaki, Japan – Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) showcased its all-electric, battery-powered light-duty truck eCanter at the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA) Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
The eCanter is the answer to increasing noise and emission pollution in today’s urban environments, making inner-city delivery clean and silent. It can travel a range of more than 100km, exceeding the average distance that many short-radius distribution trucks usually travel per day – for example, in Japan, on an average, 80% of light-duty inner-city delivery trucks travel about 50km per day.

Through customer trials in real-life conditions, the zero emission FUSO eCanter proved to be technically reliable and economical, able to cover enough mileage and payload for daily use.

Jecka Glasman, President and CEO, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. said at the event; “We believe the eCanter will help us chart the future of light-duty trucking in urban environments. It delivers up to a 100 mile range, with zero emissions and zero noise pollution—what we call positive energy. We have had preliminary conversations with several customers and their interest and enthusiasm for the product are very encouraging.”

The displayed vehicle is an outlook on the small series of eCanter that was first shown at the 2016 International Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) – the biggest international commercial vehicle show in Hanover, Germany, where it attracted worldwide attention.

The small series of eCanter will be launched and delivered to customers from late 2017 in the US, Japan and Europe. This makes FUSO the first OEM to launch a series model of all-electric light-duty trucks that comes with full warranty and service through its extensive dealer network.

Being a frontrunner in the fully-electric truck segment, MFTBC has so far invested 40mn euros in the development of electric driving including research and development. The zero emission model will be manufactured at FUSO’s state-of-the art production plants in Tramagal, Portugal and Kawasaki, Japan.

FUSO at a Glance

FUSO is one of the brands of Daimler Trucks, present in nearly all regions around the world including; Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. FUSO’s light-duty to heavy-duty trucks (GVW 3.5–49 tons), vans, industrial engines, and buses are sold in more than 160 markets. The Fuso brand is based on four core brand values; Trusted Quality, Economic Efficiency, Solid & Functional Design, and Committed Services.

MFTBC at a Glance

Based in Kawasaki, Japan, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) is one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers. In 2015, the company sold a total of about 154,200 vehicles including light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses under the Fuso brand. 89.29% of its shares are owned by Daimler AG and10.71% by various Mitsubishi group companies. MFTBC is an integral part of the Daimler Trucks division of Daimler AG.

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Unit sales of Volkswagen Truck & Bus with strong upward trend in first quarter of 2017

 

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  • Approx. 46,000 trucks and buses sold
  • 10% increase on same period of previous year
  • Renschler: “We had a good start to the new fiscal year. The positive unit sales development in Russia and South America in particular gives us reason for confidence.”

In the first three months of 2017 Volkswagen Truck & Bus sold around 46,000 trucks and buses of the MAN, Scania and Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus brands. All three brands improved their unit sales on the previous year – for the Group as a whole this amounts to a rise of 10%.

Unit sales at MAN Truck & Bus increased by 6% from the previous year to 20,170 vehicles. With 20,660 trucks and buses sold Scania recorded a 12% increase in sales. At Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus too sales rose; the 5,290 units sold by this brand represent 13% more than in the previous year.

Andreas Renschler, CEO of Volkswagen Truck & Bus and the Volkswagen AG Board member responsible for commercial vehicles, said: “We have got off to a good start in the new fiscal year. The positive unit sales development in Russia and South America in particular gives us reason for confidence. After a long dry stretch Brazil is now slowly recovering and our patience is being rewarded with rising sales figures. As a Group too we are with our three strong brands growing closer together and steadily expanding our cooperation.”

In the first three months of 2017 the truck business developed positively: at 42,100 trucks the Volkswagen Truck & Bus brands sold approximately 9% more than in the first quarter of the previous year. In the Region EU28+2 (EU member countries, Norway and Switzerland) sales were, at 26,560 trucks, stable and on a par with the previous year’s figure. In South America the Group’s sales were up by 21%. Growth was achieved in particular in Argentina as a result of reforms introduced by the state. In Russia the incipient recovery of the economy and falling inflation rates led to considerable growth in sales. In the Asia-Pacific region the major contribution to the growth came from India, where the economic environment developed positively.

In the bus business too, the brands of Volkswagen Truck & Bus recorded improved sales: at 3,770 buses they exceeded the previous year’s figure by 16%.

MAN reports start of production of the TGE transporter and a major order for gas buses

Series production of the TGE started in the first quarter. With the TGE MAN is now for the first time offering a light commercial vehicle to customers in the logistics, courier service and craft trades sectors. Transporters are in increasing demand as a result of the growth in online trading which is expected to continue.

The commercial-vehicle manufacturer notched up an important success in Copenhagen, where in future 41 MAN Lion’s City GL CNG buses will be in service. This major order underlines MAN’s position as a leading provider of gas buses in Europe. The new buses, which have a capacity of up to 150 passengers each, will be deployed in the north of the Danish capital. Carrying 20 million passengers a year, the City Line in Copenhagen is one of the most highly frequented routes in Denmark.

Scania One launch and founding of Scania Growth Capital

In February 2017 Scania unveiled its new digital marketplace, Scania One, which addresses fleet operators and drivers with a number of connectivity services. With Scania One the drivers of 250,000 digitally connected Scania trucks can access the usual services but now also services from third-party providers. The goal is to enable users to achieve greater efficiency and thus higher profitability in operation of their fleets.

The founding of Scania Growth Capital marks a new departure for Scania. The aim here is to invest in innovative, fast-growing start-up companies and to make use of their business models and technologies. This access to new ideas with relevance for the industry is intended to help make Scania even more fit for the future.

Export success and investment at Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus

Despite the still difficult political and economic situation in Brazil, Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus once again has three of the five best-selling trucks in its range. Also, compared to the first quarter 2017, deliveries from Brazil to other South American countries and Africa went up significantly. The international brewery group, Heineken, for example, ordered 150 trucks in Mexico, while the Mexican bus operator ADO placed an order for 154 buses with Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus.

Volkswagen Truck & Bus’s commitment to Brazil as a production location was underlined by the largest investment package in the company’s history. The Brazilian commercial-vehicle brand of Volkswagen Truck & Bus will be spending some 420 million euros over the next five years in order to renew its product portfolio, modernize the plant in Resende and develop connectivity services.

As Chairman of the Latin America Committee of German Industry, Andreas Renschler welcomes the economic recovery in Brazil and the region: “I am firmly convinced that after years of crisis the turnaround has set in. The trend is clearly upwards. Our truck sales in South America grew by 21% in the first quarter, which is well ahead of plan.”

Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG and a global leader in commercial vehicles with its brands MAN, Scania, Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus and RIO. In 2016, the brands of Volkswagen Truck & Bus sold a total of 184,000 vehicles. Its product range includes light commercial vehicles, trucks and buses that are manufactured at 25 sites in 17 countries. As of December 31, 2016, the Company employed 77,000 people across its commercial vehicle brands worldwide. The Group is committed to driving transportation to the next level — in terms of products, services, and as a partner for its customers.