Heavy Duty Trucking

NOV 2014

The Fleet Business Authority

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28 HDT • NOVEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com Trucking's Worldwide Business Report hotline gl bal system, scheduled for production in 2016, will be the first in a series of predictive cruise control innovations ◆ TRW's new steering technolo- gies, ReAX and ActivMode, are designed to improve control and stability in power steering and reduce power consumption in com- mercial vehicles. To be available in 2017 and 2016, respectively, they are applicable to the North American market. It also showed a new radius torsion rod that's up to 30% lighter and could find its way into trucks here. ◆ Delphi showed off its new family of high-pressure fuel injectors, co-developed with Westport In- novations , which will be part of Westport's high-pressure direct injection second generation, or HPDI 2.0, system, for adoption by truck builders. ◆ Eberspächer (known as Espar in the U.S.) showed its diesel fuel- cell APU with a planned market introduction in the U.S. in 2017. It will efficiently convert diesel fuel to electricity to power on-board com- ponents such as air-conditioning system or refrigeration units. The 66th IAA Commercial Vehicles show will be in Hanover September 22-29, 2016. – Sven-Erik Lindstrand, European Editor Growth slows in China's heavy truck market Upcoming Volvo partner Chinese Dongfeng Commercial Vehicles exhibited at IAA for the first time ever. Espar says the fuel-cell APU will gener- ate electrical power — without me- chanical power losses — from the diesel in the truck tank quietly, efficiently and virtually emissions-free. PHOTO: SVEN-ERIK LINDSTRAND T he slowdown in China's eco- nomic growth is likely to slow the rate of upgrade of the coun- try's fleet, reported Truck Industry Research Ltd. and JSC Automotive (Shanghai) at IAA. European, Japanese and Korean truck makers such as Daimler, Vol- vo and Hyundai are among those who have recently set up joint ven- ture agreements to take advantage of the Chinese market. But TIR points out that heavy trucks have failed to live up to the promise of the peak year of 2010, when over 1 million units were sold. In fact, many market participants now expect the market for the next five years to be essentially flat at a little more than the 770,000 units sold in 2013. Of course this is still dramati- cally more than the North American and European markets. The huge Chinese truck market currently consists of mostly low- end basic trucks, which sometimes sell for a third of the price of those in Western markets. There are few national providers or large trucking carriers in China to lead the way on adoption of more sophisticated technologies such as we see in the U.S. It's a fragmented and highly competitive market, says TIR, and "the adoption of more sophisticated trucks and develop- ment of demanding customers from logistics services will need to develop together."

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