Things that caught our eye this week
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.