Heavy Duty Trucking

NOV 2014

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26 HDT • NOVEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com T he bi-annual IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany, again demonstrated its importance as a trade fair for trucks, transport and logistics. The number of exhibitors increased by 9%, to 2,066, from 45 countries. The show attracted around 250,000 qualified visitors (about the average of the two previous IAA shows held in 2010 and 2012), and some 3,000 journalists ap- plied for press credentials. The exhibition area was so big that two different bus lines handled mass trans- portation between the 15 halls. This year's slogan was "Driving the future," with Daim- ler's Future Truck 2025, which demonstrated autonomous driving technologies, featuring prominently as part of that theme. Many other exhibitors also dedicated themselves to con- nectivity and automation. Exhibitors offered concrete outlines of the way further CO 2 and fuel savings will be achieved: with alternative drivetrains, aerodynam- ics, lightweight construction, driver training, improved infrastructure and above all with longer trucks. A few of the items introduced at the show: ◆ One of the most crowded press conferences was when Volvo Trucks president Claes Nilsson unveiled the company's new I-Shift Dual Clutch automated transmis- sion. Volvo says it's the first in the world for heavy-duty trucks. Like two transmissions in one, it offers improved acceleration, a smooth ride uphill and down, even upshifting on a steep grade uphill. Volvo is promoting it with the tagline, "Under the hood it's a sports car," because sports cars (and race cars) use dual-clutch technology. ◆ Meritor highlighted the versatility of its axles, brakes and drivelines for the global trucking indus- try, showing products for North America, Europe, South Amer- ica and Asia-Pacific regions. ◆ Daimler plans to bring its new mid-size commercial van to the U.S. sometime late next year. It's known as the Vito in Europe and Mexico, but Daimler executives referred to it as the VS20. ◆ Wabco said its new OptiPace 'Driving the future' in Hanover Volvo's new dual-clutch trans- mission announcement drew a crowd. IAA's outdoor exhibit area from the air Daimler's new midsize cargo van will come to the U.S. PHOTO: SVEN-ERIK LINDSTRAND PHOTO: JIM PARK PHOTO: SVEN-ERIK LINDSTRAND Trucking's Worldwide Business Report hotline gl bal

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