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  1. kscarbel2

    Ford Market News

    This doesn't surprise me a bit. For one you have Hackett, who is clueless about commercial trucks and South America. On the other hand, you have Brazil's economy in the basement for several years now and a government that is clueless on how to turn it around. Due to the latter, none of the truckmakers including VW are making any money now. On the other hand, remember that Ford made Ford-Otosan the head of Ford global commercial truck sales some time ago. With that decision, Ford was telling Ford Brasil (it's own unit 100%) that they had to do more, or it might be the end. When Ford put the Ford-Otosan go-getters in charge, Ford invested heavily in Turkey with Otosan and now you have the world class F-MAX. And, Ford invested heavily in the world's largest heavy truck market - China - with partner JMC to produce China market variants of both the Cargo and F-MAX.
  2. kscarbel2

    What is wrong with people today?

    Things are far, far worse than I thought. People who don't identify as "male" or "female" ??? Apparently they are challenged at facing up to facts. The only "its" at the airport are animals in pet carriers.
  3. kscarbel2

    What is wrong with people today?

    Andrew King, CNN / February 18, 2019 US airline passengers who don't identify as "male" or "female" [???] will soon have more gender options to choose when booking tickets. The new gender options to be added include "unspecified" and "undisclosed." [???] Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade group, made the announcement that A4A and International Air Transport Association members recently approved a new international standard for “non-binary passengers” effective June 1. [???] "U.S. airlines value a culture of diversity and inclusion, both in the workplace and for our passengers, and we work hard each day to accommodate the needs of all travelers, while delivering a safe, secure and enjoyable flight experience," Airlines for America said in a statement. Major airlines are making the additions to be more inclusive for diverse passengers and the news is being praised by advocacy groups. "NCTE applauds the A4A for adding gender options that are reflective of the diversity of their passengers," Arli Christian spokesperson for “The National Center for Transgender Equality” said in a statement. "Non-binary people face unnecessary, invasive, and discriminatory scrutiny by airlines,airports, and security services alike. A4A's work is in line with other states who offer gender neutral designations on IDs and is an important step toward ensuring safe and smooth travel for all passengers regardless of their gender." These additions come as many states are adding more gender options on identification cards and birth certificates. Last month, a new law in New York City made it easier for transgender and non-binary New Yorkers to match their birth certificate to their gender identity without needing a signed affidavit from a healthcare provider. In 2017, Washington, D.C. issued the nation's first gender-neutral driver's licenses.
  4. kscarbel2

    Chrysler to Acquire Mack Trucks

    Chrysler To Fight Government On Mack Deal Associated Press / August 1, 1964 Detroit – Chrysler Corp. will fight the government’s effort to stop its plan to take over 48-yeat-old Mack Trucks, Inc. in a multimillion dollar deal. A civil antitrust suit was brought by the U.S. Justice Department on Thursday against Chrysler at Newark, New Jersey. Chrysler promptly denied the government’s charge that the move would reduce competition in the auto industry. “11th Hour Action” The Chrysler statement said further it was “dismaying and strange” that the government should move at this time in an “eleventh hour action”. Chrysler said it had kept the government fully informed since the deal was broached three months ago. Federal Judge Reynier Wortendyke of Newark issued a temporary restraining order enjoining Chrysler from going ahead with the acquisition of Mack Trucks. The government is to follow up with a request for preliminary injunction, a Justice Department spokesman said. Reduce Competition Acting under the Clayton and Sherman antitrust laws, the government charged the deal would substantially reduce competition in the truck and diesel engine industries. The government also said the transaction would mean the elimination of competition between Chrysler and Mack Trucks in trucks and parts. The complaint said it might mean foreclosure of diesel engine manufacturers other than Mack from selling to Chrysler and an increase in an already severe concentration in truck manufacturing, possibly fostering mergers by other companies. Chrysler makes the Dodge truck. Mack is a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks. The government said Chrysler had total sales of US$3.5 billion last year and Mack US$305 million.
  5. kscarbel2

    Chrysler to Acquire Mack Trucks

    Mack Trucks To Construct Toronto Plant The Montreal Gazette / May 7, 1964 Mack Trucks Manufacturing Co. of Canada Ltd. will begin manufacturing trucks in Canada in July, it was announced. C. Rhoades MacBride, chairman of Mack Trucks Inc. and the Canadian subsidiary, said the company will build a plant in Toronto to produce the custom-built heavy duty trucks. The announcement was made four days after an announcement that Mack Trucks and Chrysler Corp. directors had agreed in principle to a merger. Howard Dewsbury, vice-president and general manager of Mack of Canada, said plans for Canadian production are being carried out without regard to the merger proposal.
  6. kscarbel2

    Frantic phone call

    The nation is full of army surplus truck dealers, all of which should have new, military rebuilt, or certainly good used. Is it an M900 A1 or A2 ? http://www.memphisequipment.com/ http://www.idahomotorpool.com/ http://www.whiteowl.com/ https://www.easternsurplus.net/
  7. Smart Hybrid Trucks to Silently Deliver to McDonald’s Locations in Stockholm Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT) / February 15, 2019 In the city center of Stockholm, Sweden, trucks are restricted from overnight deliveries because of their noise levels, which means that deliveries for shops and restaurants tend to occur during the morning rush hour. However, a recently expanded pilot program is trying to maintain low-noise levels and reduce traffic and emissions by deploying hybrid Scania trucks to make deliveries to McDonald’s restaurants there overnight. The project is under way thanks to the collaboration of the City of Stockholm, logistics provider Havi, the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, the European Union, McDonalds, and Scania. The trial will deploy Scania chargeable hybrid trucks that use a combination of electrical power and a type of biodiesel fuel called HVO, which is said to produce reduced emissions of particles and carbon dioxide. The trucks have a limited capability to travel completely on electric power, with a range of about 10 kilometers or about 6.2 miles. The trucks will also be connected and fitted with geofencing technology that will allow them to adapt to the driving conditions in predetermined areas. This will allow the trucks to deploy the limited electric range where it is most needed and still have access to better range and power once outside city limits. The geofence will determine which power mode and speeds the trucks can travel in as they approach the city center, potentially providing the desired noise and emissions reduction. "These trucks drive quietly and are emission-free in these sensitive urban areas,” said Camilla Eklöf, quality, safety & environmental manager, Havi. “At the same time, however, they are still capable of driving longer distances. Our global partnership with Scania and McDonald's is really making a difference to the environment as we work together to minimize emissions." The pilot program will study how much of an environmental benefit is gained by not having trucks stuck in traffic and by always having good accessibility. The hybrid truck’s battery can be charged externally and by power generated by the truck’s brakes. Charging stations will be placed near one of the McDonald’s restaurants to charge the battery while loading, unloading, and during driver breaks to ensure that the vehicles can continue operating solely on electric power while in the city center. “This project is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate and evaluate the possibilities that a connected hybrid truck can offer, with the technology available to us here and now, to enable us to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels,” said Jesper Brauer, product manager for urban trucks, Scania. .
  8. kscarbel2

    Dodge Bighorn

    For those unaware of what he's speaking of. https://www.bigmacktrucks.com/topic/46119-chrysler-to-acquire-mack-trucks/?tab=comments#comment-339793
  9. kscarbel2

    Diesel Car & Light Truck News

    VW Passat gets cleaner diesel, partial autonomy Automotive News Europe / February 11, 2019 HAMBURG-- Volkswagen has given the European version of its Passat a face-lift that adds a cleaner diesel engine, more connectivity features, a long-range plug-in hybrid and partially automated driving at fast cruising speeds. VW says a newly developed 2.0-liter diesel engine is so clean that it can already pass a stringent on-road emissions test that will become mandatory in European markets in two years. VW is updating the Passat to help the car stay No. 1 in Europe's midsize segment, which is shrinking as customers migrate to SUVs and crossovers. VW hopes to Passat's clean-diesel technology will retain customers worried about driving bans that politicians and regulators are proposing to cut pollution in congested European cities. VW says the Passat's 148- hp, 2.0-liter diesel is the first VW engine to be equipped with two separate selective catalytic reduction converters to reduce NOx emissions, with one located next to the warm engine block to enhance effectivity. The engine can pass the Euro 6d on-road emissions test that will become mandatory in 2021, VW said. The test will cap on-road NOx emissions at 80 milligrams per km. The EU has allowed for an extra 40 mg/km margin of error because portable measuring systems lack precision. “We don’t want to rely on this, so the engine is designed such that the car will be able to emit fewer than 80 mg/km,” said David Schneider, an VW engineer working on the diesel engine, a press event in Hamburg. New European diesels will have to meet a laxer limit of 168 mg/km starting this September as part of the upcoming Euro 6d TEMP emissions limits. In updating the Passat, VW also has an eye on inhouse competition from the Skoda Superb, which is now Europe's second best-selling mass-market midsize car after the Passat, ahead of the Passat's long-time rivals such as the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia and Ford Mondeo. The 2.0-liter diesel is more fuel efficient and cuts CO2 emissions by 10 g/km, which VW said means the Passat should continue to ensure a total cost of ownership that beats that of the Superb despite the latter’s lower purchase price. VW estimates its Passat's total cost of ownership is the lowest in its class at 17.3 cents per km. In addition to the newly developed 2.0-liter TDI Evo, VW will offer the Passat in Europe with two higher powered 2.0-liter diesels and a 1.6-liter diesel, along with two 2.0-liter gasoline engines or a 1.5-liter gasoline unit, and a longer-range GTE plug-in hybrid with a 1.4-liter gasoline engine and electric motor. By using battery cells that contain more energy, engineers were able to expand its electric range to 55 km (43 miles), measured under Europe's new WLTP testing regime, which is 20 km more than the previous model. Tech upgrades The facelifted Passat will be the first VW to offer IQ.DRIVE system, which is capable of partially automated driving at cruising speeds up to 210 kph (130 mph). Its predictive driving features allows the car to automatically adjust its velocity to match speed limits, towns, bends and roundabouts. Its emergency assist can bring the car to a controlled stop on a hard shoulder. The Passat will also be the first VW model to offer the all-new third-generation infotainment module known as MIB, including a new Digital Cockpit, an improved version over the previous Active Info Display. The car will be always online thanks to a new SIM card that comes with free data for features such as in-vehicle maps and location data. Customers will be able to use their Volkswagen ID to access certain connected car services as well as be able to access Apple Carplay or Android Auto by pairing their smartphones wirelessly now. The Passat will debut at the Geneva auto show on March 5. Pre-sales will start in May and the market launch will take place in September. VW has also updated the U.S. version of the Passat but while the European version uses VW Group's MQB platform, the U.S. model remains on the older PQ46 platform. .
  10. kscarbel2

    Ford Market News

    Or Bob Lutz. But there are no young Iacocca's and Lutz's anymore.
  11. kscarbel2

    Ford Market News

    Ford overhaul nears halfway point John Irwin, Automotive News / February 17, 2019 TORONTO — Ford is about half finished redesigning most of its major processes under CEO Jim Hackett's "fitness" plan, said Joe Hinrichs, the automaker's president of global operations. Hinrichs said the changes are "much more dramatic and deeper" than those Ford undertook during the 2008-09 financial crisis. "That was a massive restructuring to shrink and cut and reset the business, close 16 plants in North America, all the things that we did," Hinrichs said last week, referring to changes a decade ago. "But we didn't redesign each of our major processes, most of them. Now we're redesigning almost every major process that we have, so that's a big deal." Hinrichs said Ford is "probably 40-50 percent" of the way through overhauling how the company does business, from developing products and designing vehicles to managing costs with suppliers. Ford's executives have been tasked with re-evaluating every aspect of the business to make it quicker and more cost-efficient, Hinrichs said. In October 2017, Hackett laid out a $14 billion cost-cutting plan to boost Ford's financial "fitness." Last April, that target nearly doubled to $25.5 billion. The overhaul includes plans to ax sedans from the company's North American lineup and reduce its global salaried work force. But the moves have done little so far to satisfy investors who see Ford as being too slow to adapt to the massive changes sweeping through the auto industry. Since late August, Ford shares have traded at less than $10, a level the stock had largely traded above since emerging from the financial crisis in 2010. Hinrichs said some on Wall Street are taking a wait-and-see approach on Ford, and those investors will not be satisfied until they see the company go through a downturn without "dramatic cash burn" and losses. He said the financial benefits of Ford's restructuring will become apparent between 2021 and 2023. "A lot of it also has to do with the operational performance of the business," Hinrichs said. "Is it getting better or not? We have to demonstrate that our operating performance is getting better for people to feel more comfortable that we have our arms around the challenges."
  12. Vlad, speaking of the NR, these are the most extreme conversions that I've ever seen (Holland and New Zealand). .
  13. http://forums.justoldtrucks.com/1008/Mack-photos-A-Tribute-to-the-Bulldog?PageIndex=2
  14. Vlad, I may be wrong............ Founded in 1946 near the U.S. Army's Memphis, Tennessee supply depot, Memphis Equipment Company begin selling trucks like GMC CCKWs right after the war to construction companies. They used to run a full-page advertisement in a construction industry newspaper showing over 100 types of military trucks for sale. Included was "the mighty Mack NO" with enclosed cabs, exactly as you see above. I believe these NOs were brought back from Europe. But before being shipped, I suspect they had enclosed cabs installed in France. Labor was cheap there after the war, and many small companies were fitting hand-built enclosed cabs onto American surplus trucks. Just a guess, but many had these cabs. Here's another NO in American with an enclosed cab that appears French in origin. https://midwestmilitary.com/news/wwii-mack-no-sale-7900-00/
  15. kscarbel2

    Those FWD COEs

    A "west coast" FWD conventional, model C6-489D, in Washington state. .

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