THE parent company of CAT Trucks has plenty of red ink on its books. Navistar, which makes CAT Trucks and International road trucks and military rigs, has announced increasing losses. Most of the company’s leadership has been replaced following a disastrous emissions program that severely damaged its bottom line and its image. It says the worsening losses are due to higher than expected warranty adjustments and poor sales. Navistar lost $164 million in the second quarter.
One of the engineers responsible for Scania’s Euro VI truck engine has won an award from Porsche. Dr Magnus Mack-Aldener, the head of the department that manages the treatment of exhaust gases, has been presented with the Professor Ferdinand Porsche Prize for outstanding research in vehicle engineering, worth $70,000. The winning design fits a Selective Catalytic Reduction component in the exhaust muffler. Members of the Porsche-Piech family and the Porsche company, which is part of Volkswagen Group, a majority shareholder in Scania, helped decide the award winner.
Major players in Australia’s transport industry are preparing for the Perth Truck and Trailer Show from July 26-28. Show space for the event was sold out months ago and the top truck and trailer brands are all locked in. Models on show include the luxurious CAT Trucks CT630 LS, UD Quon models, Freightliner’s new Coronado 114, along with a cab-over Argosy, Kenworth’s T909 and T405 and Mercedes-Benz Actros and Axor. Scania will present its striking Black Amber custom truck, with flame pattern paint job.
In NSW’s Manning Valley, the federal Department of Transport has announced the $10 million Northern Gateway bypass north of Taree. A four-lane road bypassing Cundletown is aimed at dramatically improving access to a new trailer interchange pad as well as allowing for better access to Taree Airport. Authorities aim to move big trucks off roads that run through residential areas.
An electric sideloading trailer has been launched in Australia. Trailer manufacturer Hammar says the electric model is a world first. ‘‘Instead of powering the side loader with a diesel, operators can now use a battery powered electric motor that will drive the hydraulic pump,’’ says Hammar managing director Peter Levinson. ‘‘The battery can simply be plugged in and charged overnight or you can charge it from the prime mover.’’
Scania Black Amber: Ahighlight of the Perth truck show