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Latest news from the commercial transport industry, brought to you by Transport Engineer magazine, covers transport, vehicle and workshop technologies - with engineering updates on trucks, tippers, LCVs, buses, coaches, trailers, engines, transmissions, brakes, hybrids, fuels and more - as well as equipment for technicians, maintenance, legislation, environmental issues, fleet operating costs, company and people news.

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05/07/2010

Cummins shows 3,500bhp Mini at Goodwood

Visitors to the Goodwood Festival of Speed found probably the oddest exhibit of all on Cummins' stand.
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02/07/2010

Refrigeration unit range expanded by Carrier Transicold

Carrier Transicold has extended its alternator-driven NEOS range of refrigeration units with the launch of the NEOS 100S. This conventional split system concept is designed for commercial vehicles that have a loadspace of up to 6m³.
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02/07/2010

Alfa Recovery retrieves wrecker from haulage tractor unit

Newcastle-upon-Tyne recovery specialist Alpha Recovery has given a Volvo FH16-660 a new lease of life, by converting it from a heavy haulage tractor into a new wrecker.
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01/07/2010

SMMT launches Ultra Low Carbon Truck strategy

The UK's Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has outlined its vision for greater efficiency and cleaner transportation for truck manufacturers and operators.
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01/07/2010

Reynolds moves forward with another 31 Isuzu 7.5 tonners

Seven years after the first Isuzu joined Waltham Abbey-based catering firm Reynolds all-refrigerated fleet, the company has taken delivery of a further 31 new Isuzu Forward 7.5-tonne rigids.
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30/06/2010

Grundy and Co Excavations goes for Volvo FM 8x4 tippers

Widnes-based, Grundy and Co Excavations has added two new Volvo FM 8x4 tippers to its mixed fleet of 20 vehicles.
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30/06/2010

Metafin smartens up with Keltruck Scania

Walsall-based Metafin Group Holdings has chosen Keltruck to supply a second Scania rigid – this time a 285bhp P285DB 6x2 MNAS with a 30 foot curtainside body and sleeper cab.
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29/06/2010

Renault launches van maintenance system

With the launch of iCare, a maintenance system designed specifically for commercial vehicles, Renault is aiming to help operators keep downtime to a minimum, and adhere to compliance legislation.
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29/06/2010

Truck art goes big time for motor sport lubricants

Artist Ian Cook used a 6-tonne racing truck, single-seaters, a bike and sportscar as his paintbrushes to create this 50 square metre work of art.
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28/06/2010

Michelin’s Maxitrailer tyres demonstrate stability on QinetiQ tilt table

Michelin has recorded a 6.5% improvement in stability over 385/65 R 22.5 tyres, after measuring the vehicle overturn angle of a 44 tonne tractor and trailer combination fitted with X One MaxiTrailer tyres.
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28/06/2010

Making eco-driver training mandatory won’t work, says FTA

Department for Transport (DfT) proposals to make eco-driving training a mandatory part of Driver CPC training have been rejected by the FTA (Freight Transport Association).
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25/06/2010

Boije Ovebrink sets world truck records in Volvo VN

On June 9, race truck driver Boije Ovebrink set a new world truck speed record in both the 500 metre and 1,000 metre standing-start events.
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24/06/2010

FTA advises on van loading arrangements

FTA (the Freight Transport Association) has published a best practice guide for transport managers to safely securing loads in vans.
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24/06/2010

Leyland Trucks wins Best British Business Award

Leyland Trucks in Preston is celebrating today after winning Best Overall Business at the 2010 Manufacturing Excellence (MX) Awards in London last night (23 June).
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24/06/2010

MAN aftermarket price cuts programme proving popular

MAN Truck & Bus UK says parts sales are "showing steady improvement" since launching its 'Valueline' parts programme in March.
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23/06/2010

Auto transmissions to slash motor sizes in electric hybrids

Automatic gearboxes can improve the efficiency of hybrid-electric military vehicles, says automatic transmission specialist Antonov.
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23/06/2010

Tipper I-Shift cuts fuel consumption for R Collard’s Volvos

Demolition, disposal and recycling specialist R Collard's latest pair of Volvo eight-wheelers have been equipped with the I-Shift automated gearbox – and the firm says it is already seeing benefits.
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22/06/2010

Micheldever Tyre Services plumps for Mercedes and Montracon

Micheldever Tyre Services (MTS) has taken delivery of 15 new Mercedes-Benz Axor tractor units and 25 aerodynamic Montracon trailers.
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22/06/2010

Study suggests incentives needed for aggressive emissions cutting technologies

Technologies likely to deliver carbon emissions cuts from commercial vehicles capable of meeting government targets are going to require financial incentives to drive development and uptake.
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21/06/2010

Fuel tax needs urgent reform, FTA tells Treasury

Fuel duty, road charging and decoupling duty for diesel for commercial vehicles were key agenda issues, when the FTA met Justine Greening MP, the new Economic Secretary last week.
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21/06/2010

Mitsubishi Fuso selects Allison for Aero Star Transit Bus

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus has specified Allison's T310 fully automatic transmission for its new Aero Star large transit bus in Japan.
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18/06/2010

Veolia chooses EEV-engine Mercedes for Camden

The first Mercedes-Benz Econic refuse trucks to be factory-fitted with ultra-clean EEV (enhanced environmentally friendly vehicle) engines have now entered service in the London borough of Camden.
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17/06/2010

Telematics boost North Lincolnshire refuse collection vehicles

North Lincolnshire Council and vehicle tracking firm Masternaut Three X have developed a web-based telematics system that, they say, is increasing refuse collection and gulley cleansing performance.
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16/06/2010

Tincknell Fuels orders third Volvo narrow-track tanker

The first two Volvo narrow-track fuel tankers in the UK capable of carrying 11,000-litres have been successfully plying their trade with Tincknell Fuels of Wells in Somerset.
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16/06/2010

Optare wins eur1.9 million maintenance contract

Optare, which recently reported an eur13 million contract to supply 66 hybrid buses to Greater Manchester, has now confirmed the repair and maintenance contract.
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