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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

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