Goodbye Nissan Diesel, hello UD Trucks Corporation!

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Goodbye Nissan Diesel, UD Trucks Corporation!

As reported in last month, Japanese manufacturer Nissan Diesel Company has changed its corporate to UD Trucks Corporation. Effective 1 February 2010, the new name Nissan Diesel’s long-standing in other parts of the world of and badging many of its vehicles

Initially, the letters “UD” to a vehicle’s uniflow diesel based on the two-… combustion and Roots-type scavenging blower. when four-cycle technology was “UD” became associated the term “ultimate dependability”. way, “UD” has always linked with Nissan .

Several Nissan Diesel marketing operations were operating under the UD corporate long before the announcement, so the has little potential to disrupt sales or communication strategies.

Diesel was first established in as Nihon Diesel Industries, in the manufacture of truck and diesel In 1950, a long association Nissan Motor Company led to acquisition of an equity shareholding in Diesel Industries. In 1999, car maker Renault bought of Nissan and, by default, its in Nissan Diesel.

The relatively small – in terms – Japanese maker was destined to spend time languishing in the light grouping headed by Renault no obvious linkage to its truck control of which had been to Volvo AB following Renault’s to that company in 2000.

All changed on 21 March 2006, Volvo AB purchased a 13% controlling in Nissan Diesel out of the Nissan shareholding. By 19 February 2007, the manufacturer had begun the process of in the balance of Nissan Diesel with a view to making it a subsidiary.

Notwithstanding the obvious of bringing Nissan Diesel the Volvo AB umbrella, this was undoubtedly influenced by the working Volvo had established in 1985 China’s Dongfeng Motor More recently, Nissan had taken over responsibility for Volvo trucks in Japan, cementing links between the two Against this background, the name change can be seen as a to distance the truck maker Nissan, positioning it more in the heavy-duty alliance made up of Renault Trucks and Mack, Samsung and Dongfeng on the fringes.

Precisely how UD Trucks Corporation interact with its siblings in the Renault-Nissan-Volvo family is not yet clear. The of light truck/MCV product to for sale under its Cabstar is just one aspect of the complex hanging in the balance. The Cabstar was once the exclusive property of Motor Company and, Nissan Diesel could not Nissan Motors with the it wanted for this brand, were sourced from Motors.

In the February issue of Focus, we provided details of the Nissan Cabstar variant, the now going into production at Zhengzhou Nissan plant. were told of the Cabstar/Atlas potential to dominate the global for narrow- and wide-cab light diesel-powered trucks from 1.5 to 5.4 t with power outputs up to 150 hp kW).

Only recently, Motors announced its intention to effectively exploit the global niche market, aiming at its light-commercial-derived income by 2012. the latest Cabstar will be its product. Although, on the UD Trucks the Cabstar NT400 is sold in as a UD Condor, it is not clear if UD played any in developing or manufacturing the product or is to contribute towards this in future.

PACCAR launches MX engine

Since 2006, Global has been tracking PACCAR’s strategy of using in-house diesel engines. Plans to the availability of European subsidiary DAF MX l and PR 9.2 l power units to PACCAR’s Peterbilt and Kenworth ranges developed around intentions to a factory in Columbus, Mississippi, these engines would be European MX and PR engines already PACCAR name plates, but the has now been extended to give branding and designations to smaller-displacement engines powering the group’s payload products.

However, of a sharp drop in truck during 2009, PACCAR has commissioning the Columbus plant. to offer these engines as of the group’s North American products have nevertheless ahead with units from European manufacturers. the end of January, PACCAR announced the MX debut in Kenworth and Peterbilt to coincide with the arrival of

The United States (US) will include a power of 380 to 485 hp (285 to 360 kW), torque of up to 1 750 lb-ft (2 375 Nm), selective reduction, exhaust gas recirculation and EPA emissions compliance. DAF’s MX features include a compacted iron engine block and head, electronically-managed high-pressure injection, rear-mounted timing and integral engine brakes. than 125 000 MX engines have fitted to DAF trucks since first introduced its new strategy and have been developed to with Euro 4 and Euro 5 levels.

PACCAR’s Kenworth and brands have long as standard American trucks, drive-line aggregates bought in Cummins, Caterpillar, Detroit Eaton/Fuller, Arvin Meritor and In recent times, US truck have recognised the benefits of integrating product specifications, in the form of increased brand and after-market profitability.

However, operators have traditionally significant cost and availability from highly rationalised and service sourcing, this has not proved popular. Nevertheless, concerns such as Freightliner and have endorsed the new policy, domestically-owned PACCAR and Navistar following suit. Component have, in turn, formed relationships with individual builders, so the trend towards differentiated product now seems established.

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Cummins continues with

Typical of the type of relationship to in the previous item is the one recently between Cummins and the reconstituted Group. Since 1989, has supplied more than 1.7 diesel engines for fitment in Ram heavy-duty pick-ups and, in February, it was announced that arrangement will continue the new Fiat-led Chrysler regime. the Dodge prefix, Ram has since the stand-alone brand for Chrysler’s US pick-up range.

The engine supplied in terms of the 1989 was a 5.9 l unit developing 160 hp (119 kW) and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm) of torque. The 6.7 l turbo-diesel unit fitted to the new Ram in 2009 delivers outputs of

350 hp kW) and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm), a claimed 90% reduction in exhaust when compared to the original In 2007, the Chrysler-Cummins combination EPA 2010 emission standards years ahead of its legal

Despite a widely-held perception the US market does not favour light vehicles, this is not the case when it comes to pick-ups. The Chrysler-Cummins relationship is one of this. Another is the recently agreement between Navistar and Ford, whereby Navistar to supply Power Stroke engines to Ford for its F-series pick-ups.

This supply ran from 1982 until the end of reportedly accounting for 7% of Navistar’s revenue and 44% of its total engine volume. Following a settled dispute, the loss of this led to the closing of Navistar’s Indianapolis and casting plant.

Global is a monthly update of international relating to the commercial vehicle It is compiled exclusively for FOCUS by Beeton of Econometrix.

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