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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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17/05/2010

Smeg signs up to four more Mercedes-Benz years

Prestige Italian kitchen appliances manufacturer Smeg has taken delivery of seven Mercedes-Benz Atego rigids with high-roofed, air-conditioned sleeper cabs.
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14/05/2010

Optare wins largest ever UK hybrid bus order

Optare has won the largest single order for hybrid buses so far placed in the UK – a mix of 66 Tempo, Versa and Solo buses for Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority.
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14/05/2010

Conwy Council gets versatile recycling vehicle

A new recycling truck for Conwy Borough Council has been cleverly engineered by Truck Specialists to handle highly variable quantities of waste paper, glass and plastics on mixed collections.
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14/05/2010

Hewicks Haulage signs up to Mercedes Actros deal

Bury St Edmunds-based Hewicks Haulage has ordered a Mercedes-Benz 6x2 Actros 2546 with the flat-floored MegaSpace cab and 12-speed Mercedes Powershift automated transmission.
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13/05/2010

Drawbar coupling service now offered by Jost

A one-stop service for drawbar operators has been launched by Jost-GB, including an all-inclusive package for users of its Rockinger drawbar couplings.
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13/05/2010

4x4 Sprinters can go to off-road blazes

Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service has increased its operational capability in rural areas by investing in four 4x4 Mercedes-Benz 5.0-tonne Sprinter vans.
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12/05/2010

Samworth confirms aerodynamics fuel savings

Chilled foods producer Samworth Brothers Distribution says that trials with Gray & Adams aerodynamic Eco-Aer temperature-controlled trailers have shown "a marked improvement in fuel consumption."
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11/05/2010

Scania R 620 flagship truck for Knights of Old

Kettering-based transport firm Knights of Old has taken delivery of a new high-spec Scania R 620 LA 6x2/4MNA twinsteer tractor to replace 'Excalibur', its specially-commissioned gold Scania purchased seven years ago to celebrate its golden ...
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10/05/2010

Battery-driven Vito passes arctic endurance test

Mercedes-Benz Vito battery-electric drive prototype has passed polar circle testing, with temperatures down to -30oC and driving on sheet ice and compacted snow.
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10/05/2010

Allison expands range of buys transmissions

Allison's Torqmatic series of fully automatic transmissions for bus applications has two new members, thanks to the addition of the T390 and T390R models.
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10/05/2010

UK capital set for electric vehicle revolution

A £67 million tender has been issued by Transport for London, for the supply of up to 1,300 electric and hybrid vehicles.
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07/05/2010

Optare Solo reaches 550 mark with Stagecoach

Stagecoach now has 550 Optare Solos in its fleet nationwide, on town and rural operations, following the latest batch of deliveries.
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07/05/2010

Renault Trucks buys up Northern Ireland dealer

Renault Trucks has taken over dealership Coulter Truck & Van, at Mallusk, Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland.
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07/05/2010

Don’t just do it, B&Q it with MAN 10 tonners

B&Q, has switched part of its Home Delivery fleet to a 10 tonne operation running on 19 new MAN TGL 10.180 4x2BLs – a first for MANs at the home improvement giant.
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07/05/2010

Iveco and Haynes Trucks steel fleet order from Volvo

Iveco and its Kent-based dealer, Haynes Trucks, have won a deal with steel stockholder John Parker & Sons to replace its 32-strong fleet of 18 tonne rigids with new Stralis Active Day multi-drop distribution vehicles.
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06/05/2010

Somerstotalkare cleans up at JK Environmental

JK Environmental has installed a set of six S6ng 7.5 tonne heavy duty mobile column lifts, from Somerstotalkare, at its the Hertfordshire depot.
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06/05/2010

Wincanton reports telematics success on Marks & Spencer Home Delivery

Having secured the contract for Marks and Spencer Home Delivery last year, Wincanton says it has been using Microlise's Fleet & Distribution system to manage delivery operations and meet service targets.
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06/05/2010

Penske orders 600 Volvo VNs for emissions and fuel economy

US operator Penske says it has ordered 600 Volvo VN670 tractors for their near-zero regulated emissions and improved fuel economy.
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06/05/2010

Food supplier invests in new trailer panel technology

The Greenery, which supplies fruit and vegetables to supermarkets and wholesalers in the UK, is evaluating aerodynamic trailers designed to cut fleet fuel consumption levels.
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05/05/2010

FTA calls for bus and truck speed limit review

The Freight Transport Association (FTA) believes that speed limits for buses and trucks should be harmonised to give the greatest safety benefits for all road users.
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05/05/2010

Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles GmbH passes antitrust

The joint venture between Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall Group and MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG is now up and running, following approval by European competition authorities.
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04/05/2010

Big utilities contract awarded to Masternaut

Major power and water companies, as well as local authorities, have signed up for Masternaut's advanced tracking services, under a £10 million deal.
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04/05/2010

Nine more multi-role Cargobulls for Cranleigh Freight Services

As part of an ongoing programme of investment in its vehicle fleet, Cranleigh Freight Services (CFS) has ordered nine new curtainsider semi-trailers from Schmitz Cargobull.
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30/04/2010

Stovax warms to Canter and Vito

Three new vehicles have been added to the Stovax Group, in response to continuing growth at the stove and fireplace manufacturer.
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30/04/2010

Dust buster trucks are MAN enough for the job

Bowser and sweeper hire firm T&M Plant, in Horley, Surrey, has added two more MAN 18-tonne 4x4 dust suppression vehicles to its specialist plant hire fleet.
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