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Commercial Vehicle Engineer is the multi-award-winning online monthly for road transport engineers and fleet managers, delivering a unique blend of independent, well-informed analysis, hard-hitting comment and news on the commercial vehicle market and aftermarket. The September 2016 edition is now online, including news of the Trailer Innovation award-winning entries, on show in Hannover this month. To subscribe or log in as a subscriber click on the page-turning icon below or the green "subscribe" button on the right.


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Amid all the hype surrounding last month's unveiling of a new Scania truck range it would be easy to overlook the fact that the launch comes at least twelve months later than originally planned. We report on the reasons for this and on what is genuinely innovative in the truck itself and in the connected services behind it.
There is almost nothing that the latest automated manual truck gearboxes cannot do better than traditional, costly, fully automatic transmissions with torque converters and planetary gearsets. That at least is what many truck-makers would have you believe. Allison Transmission begs to differ. We've been to Hungary to find out why, and to learn more about Allison's own automated manual, already in service in the US and on its way to Europe.
People in the news this month include the Trailer Innovation 2017 award-winners at the IAA Hannover show; Mike Williams, stepping down from the chief executive's post at Dawsongroup; and Frank Thorpe, starting a new job at BYD Europe.


CV Engineer film reviews: and why not?

Ryder's Project Rebirth

So you want to show the world that your commercial vehicle technicians and workshops are a cut above the rest? You could always try one or two of many and various accreditation schemes and hope for the best. Ryder in the US has come up with an altogether more imaginative and startling solution, starting with spectacular destruction of a new Volvo truck. 

“While the kind of destruction shown in this video is extreme, it’s not that far from some of the excessive damage that has come through our shops over the past 80 years," says Ryder's global fleet management boss Dennis Cooke, with no hint of tongue in cheek. "Showing our technician team in action in a high-stakes challenge like this is a great way to highlight the kind of talent our customers have access to every day at any one of our 800 maintenance shops across North America. If businesses are going to outsource fleet maintenance to Ryder, they need to be really confident about our ability to maintain and repair trucks quickly and correctly the first time. Because our technicians work behind the scenes, there aren’t many opportunities for us to showcase their incredible knowledge and skill. These videos enable us to show the world in an exciting and compelling way the outstanding expertise of our technician workforce.”

Volvo engineers of a nervous disposition may want to look away now.

Click here to see Ryder's Project Rebirth video.


Hungry for more footage of Volvo trucks being given a hard time? Try these for size, courtesy of Volvo itself and a four-year-old film star by the name of Sophie...


CILT on vulnerable road-users

The acting is never going to win any Oscar nominations. And gratuitous plugs for the CILT's own magazine and awards scheme are a bit cheesy and irritating. But The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK nevertheless deserves plaudits aplenty for a new ten-minute video delivering a potent message on the moral, economic and legal obligations related to road transport operations. The focus is mainly on vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians, and the target audience is primarily board-level company directors in operations running trucks, buses or coaches. But this video's graphic portrayal of what can happen when road safety is allowed to slip down the priority list of any organisation packs such a punch that it ought to be required viewing for everyone with road transport management responsibilities, no matter how big or small the commercial vehicles they manage. That certainly includes the home-delivery operations which depend on vans and small trucks up to 3.5 tonnes gvw. Based on our shocking revelations of a few years ago, Sainsbury store managers responsible for small home-delivery van fleets and their drivers would be right at the top of our list of those most in need of learning the lessons this video teaches so memorably.

To see the CILT video on YouTube click here











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4 Comment
Three cheers for tailor-made truck engineering. On the face of it, there could scarcely be two more dissimilar trucks than the new Scania range and the Global Vehicle Trust's Ox. Yet the engineers behind both projects deserve equal credit for the passion they evidently share for tailor-made commercial vehicles, designed to work as effectively and efficiently as possible in particular operations. The former is an impressively ultra-modern premium truck in just about every imaginable way, the culmination of a €2 billion, ten-year development programme backed by one of the world's biggest automotive groups, Volkswagen. The latter is deliberately and quintessentially simple and utilitarian, the vision of just one man, Sir Torquil Norman, who set up the Global Vehicle Trust charity only three years ago with the aim of developing a cheap commercial vehicle that could be operated and maintained easily and cost-effectively in Africa and other developing countries. Sound familiar? You're right: this is precisely what the ill-fated Africar project (completely unconnected with the Global Vehicle Trust) was supposed to do about 20 years ago. But its failure is another story entirely. This time around there seems far greater potential for the Ox to successfully satisfy some desperate needs. If the Global Vehicle Trust is not already in close contact with Transaid, let's hope the two organisations get their heads together soon.Fleet managers and operating engineers from Northampton to Nairobi should be cheering this trend to the rooftops. All they need do is take their well-informed pick from the exciting ranges of products and services now on offer.

4 Points of view
Exa Corporation technical director Kevin Golsch on truck platooning pelotons and plum positions. Eddie Parker of Arval UK on AdBlue ignorance among car and van fleet managers and drivers.

7 News
Battery-powered death knell for London's diesel buses? Biggest fleet of battery-powered buses in Europe goes into service. Feeding the world with a flat-pack truck called Ox.

6 News
Longer semi-trailer success confirmed in latest trial report. Many hands make light work of going greener faster: Cummins wants help from suppliers in meeting environmental targets.

8 News
Shareholder decision time in Haldex bidding war.

9 News
Trailer innovations galore on show in Hannover.

11 Geared up to tackle truck and bus transmission challenges head-on
Some engineers maintain that fully automatic truck and bus gearboxes may have had their day, soon to be completely overshadowed by the seemingly unstoppable advance of automated manuals. Allison begs to differ, and this is a company which knows a thing or two about truck and bus transmission technology. Tim Blakemore reports from Hungary.

14 Average is master of nothing
This worthy principle is right at the heart of the latest Scania truck range, including an all-new cab that is anything but average. It also lies behind the plethora of support services that go with it. Is all this enough to keep the Swedish truck-maker ahead of the game following the recent shocks of top management turmoil? Tim Blakemore reports from France and Sweden.

20 News from the north
The Transport News Truck Advocate offers advice on domestic drivers' hours rules; remote interrogation of tachographs; and dangerous goods driver training.

22 News from the north
The TruckScot Scene spotlight focuses on a Volvo FH at Harry Lawson; a Daf LF250 at Wm Russell; Iveco Stralis tractors at Rembrandt Timber; and eight new Scania R450s at Bannerman of Tain.

24 People and jobs
Frank Thorpe starts a new job at BYD Europe; Dawsongroup has a new chief executive; and there has been a management reshuffle at Pentagon Commercial Vehicles.

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