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TRUCK trans­mis­sion pro­ducer Al­li­son is cel­e­brat­ing its strong links with the In­di­anapo­lis 500 by spon­sor­ing a race team for the 100th run­ning of the pres­ti­gious event.

It is an ap­pro­pri­ate spon­sor­ship deal be­cause the founder of Al­li­son, James Al­li­son, was also a co-founder of the In­di­anapo­lis Speed­way and the an­nual 500 mile race in the United States way back in 1911.

The cel­e­brated en­gine tuner, whose com­pany would later be pur­chased by Gen­eral Mo­tors, also owned teams that ran at In­di­anapo­lis through the years.

This time around, Al­li­son will spon­sor the Sarah Fisher Team and its num­ber 67 car, which is driven by Ed Car­pen­ter. EN­GINE man­u­fac­turer Cum­mins says its new range of se­lec­tive cat­alytic re­duc­tion (SCR) en­gines are bring­ing dra­matic cash sav­ings in fuel-econ­omy.

The com­pany claims the EPA 2010 en­gines it sells in the US are pro­duc­ing a 6 per cent sav­ing over the pre-SCR en­gines they are re­plac­ing.

It says more re­duc­tions are ex­pected with fur­ther sig­nif­i­cant cal­i­bra­tion im­prove­ments that are on the way. TRUCK­MAKER Sca­nia says it is in a bet­ter po­si­tion now than it was be­fore the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis. Com­pany pres­i­dent Leif Ostling said the Swedish man­u­fac­turer was be­ing re­warded for not slash­ing jobs dur­ing the GFC.

‘‘We not only pre­served our core com­pe­tency in the com­pany by avoid­ing lay-offs,’’ he said, ‘‘but also en­hanced the skills of our em­ploy­ees through ex­ten­sive train­ing pro­grams, the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal, di­rectly at work­places.

‘‘When the de­mand re­turned we were quickly able to ramp up our pro­duc­tion, which helped [Sca­nia] to de­liver the best earn­ings and cash flow in the com­pany’s his­tory.’’ A FLORIDA man ar­rested with a bag of mar­i­juana also stole a truck car­ry­ing 338 trays of Kripsy Kreme dough­nuts. The 20-year-old man de­nied he wanted the treats, telling po­lice he was tired and stole the ve­hi­cle for some­where to sleep.

He was charged with grand theft auto and cannabis pos­ses­sion. As to how many dough­nuts were eaten, of­fi­cers said their in­ves­ti­ga­tions were con­tin­u­ing.

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