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Aerofficient developed a new innovative system designed for trailers which expands or contracts the slider fairing depending on the trailer’s axle position. The company says that thanks to this feature the fuel efficiency is improved with up to 80 percent compared to the fixed trailer fairings. With the new system the gap between the trailing edge of the fairing and the front tire is completely eliminated thus minimizing the drag coefficient.

Jim Reiman, CEO of Aerofficient declared: “In TMC Type IV testing by a prominent fleet using an independent fuel economy testing expert, our Slider fairing boosted fuel savings by 80% over trailers using standard fixed fairings in a zero wind condition when the trailer’s tandems were set at the 41-ft. setting. Assuming 60,000 miles of highway driving and $4.00 per gallon fuel cost, the Aerofficient Slider will save $1,235 more than a standard side fairing.”

“The greater the gap between the trailing edge of the fairing and the trailer’s front tire, the less efficient the side fairing becomes,” said Marty Fletcher, executive director of product development and fuel economy testing expert with Aerofficient.

The Aerofficient Slider is affixed to the trailer’s sliding axles and moves with the automatically axles, without any need for driver involvement. The new system will start to be produced in April.

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Nissan will present its new NV400 chassis cab range in April at the Commercial Vehicle show.

The new Nissan NV400 chassis cab will be available in both mid and long wheelbases with either front or rear wheel drive. The new model shares a lot of features with the Renault Renault Master and it will be offered with a choice of two engine options of 125hp and 150hp and a total of 13 variants to choose from including a single cab and double cab.

The factory-built conversions will initially comprise a dropside and tipper which are built on the production line and will be delivered to the operator ready for action.

The Good To Go range will include a box van, Luton and fridge van, plus a combi and minibus option that will be built by UK converters handpicked by Nissan and sold by dealers to operators as a complete vehicle.

James Douglas, Nissan Motor GB’s corporate sales director said: “The CV Show is a great platform to launch our new NV400 chassis cab and remind operators that Nissan has one of the widest LCV ranges on offer in the UK. With the NV400 semi forward van based chassis cab and the Cabstar truck chassis cab Nissan has two base vehicles that operators can use to build virtually any size or shape of conversion to match their business requirements. We believe this will help further grow our LCV sales in 2012.”

Nissan’s factory built and Good to Go approach guarantees that operators receive a quality and fully approved conversion complete with a manufacturer warranty, and takes away the hassles sometimes connected with buying a chassis cab from a manufacturer and then having it converted by an external supplier.

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Mercedes-Benz has presented a new Euro 6 Blue Efficiency engine series developed especially for the commercial vehicles. The new engine series received the codename OM93x and is extremely economical thanks to the long service lives, low fuel consumption, AdBlue and engine oil and long maintenance intervals. The new engines are fitted with variable valve timing, which can be found for the first time in a diesel engine.

The medium-duty OM 934 and OM 936 engines, with four and six cylinders and a displacement of 5.1 and 7.7 litres respectively, cover a power range from 115 kW (156 hp) to 260 kW (354 hp). In the long term, the two engines will replace the engines of the 900 series launched in 1996, with a production volume to date of almost one million units.

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DAF Trucks has launched a new bodybuilder information website ( available in ten languages. On the site there are presented a host of guidelines destined to give the bodybuilders important details about how to build on a DAF chassis.

Very often the trucks are sent to specialized body builders who install specific superstructures to make the truck perfectly fitted for its purpose. To help these bodybuilder companies, the new DAF website offers a host of detailed chassis drawings, specification sheets and bodybuilding guidelines. Bodybuilders can also consult grid views that can be used when applying striping, logos and the transport company branding to the vehicle.

Moreover, the platform offers the possibility to download CAD files from the website that can be used in bodywork development, and 3D files, created that allow the transport operator to see exactly how the finished truck will look like on the road.
The website is available in English, Dutch, Czech, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Spanish and Russian.

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Isuzu is starting to gain more and more success in America and the company announced that has already started production of its 2013 NPR-HD, NQR and NRR models, as well as the 2012 NPR ECO-MAX. The new vehicles will be sold together with the NPR, NPR-HD and 2012 Reach models.

Shaun Skinner, executive vice president and general manager of Isuzu Commercial Truck of America said: “With the introduction of our latest models, Isuzu dealers will continue to offer the widest array of low-cab-forward trucks in the industry. We’re confident that, with this model line-up, Isuzu will be the best-selling line of low-cab-forward trucks in the U.S. for the 27th year in a row.”

The Isuzu NPR-HD is available in Standard Cab and Crew Cab models, both powered by the Isuzu 4HK1-TC 5.2-liter turbocharged diesel engine and both posting GVWRs (gross vehicle weight rating) of 14,500 lbs.

The NQR, also available in both Standard Cab and Crew Cab models, features the 4HK1 engine as well but boasts an increased GVWR of 17,950 lbs.

The NRR available in Standard Cab, also features the 4HK1 engine and a GVWR of 19,500 lbs.

The NPR ECO-MAX is a 12,000-lb. GVWR Standard Cab truck equipped with the Isuzu 4JJ1-TV 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel engine which has a maximum output of 150 horsepower.

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At the 2012 NTEA Work Truck Show, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) presented its new S2G chassis, with factory-installed liquid propane gas (LPG) engine. The new chassis was designed especially for the medium trucks and is combined with an 8 liter engine. The powerplant develops 325 hp and it is mounted on the company’s S2 chassis. The engine uses General Motors components and makes the chassis suitable for a wide area of applications such as pickup, delivery, or public transportation.

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One of the main themes from this year’s Commercial Vehicle Show will be the industry skills. Across the automotive workforce, the industry places significant value in up-skilling its workforce, with 64% of UK companies investing in training for their employees. Automotive manufacturing employers provide around three days of training per employee each year and a number of exhibitors at the Show will focus on skills and training.

The IRTE (Institute of Road Transport Engineers) will use its CV Show presence to demonstrate the importance of evolving and recognising skills and the industry’s key component - its people.

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Volvo was always pioneer in safety features and now the company announced that they added a new Active Braking feature to the Volvo Enhanced Cruise (VEC). Until now the VEC was stopping the truck only when the Cruise control was on, by activating the engine brake and applying up to one-third of the service brake pressure when a rear-end collision was about to occur.

Thanks to the new upgrade, the Active Braking will dethrottle the engine and apply up to two-thirds of the service brake pressure even when the cruise control is not engaged. This was the system provides automatic braking when a collision is imminent minimizing the possibility of a crash. The system works thanks to a radar sensor which detects if any stationary metal objects are found in front of the truck.

Frank Bio, Volvo Trucks product manager, trucks said: “Active Braking provides valuable situational information and helps professional drivers take preventative measures to avoid hazards. Volvo’s integrated approach to active safety technologoes provides the unique advantage of being able to set the warning hierarchy and present the most important warning or warnings to the driver.”

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Daimler’s Indian subsidiary Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) launched their first light to heavy duty BharatBenz trucks weighing 9-49 tonnes in India. The German company declared that it will launch 17 trucks in India by 2014. The BharatBenz lineup includes light-, medium-, and heavy-duty commercial vehicles based on Axor or Fuso Canter platforms. The dealership network will include around 70 locations by the end of the year, while the retail network will be expanded to more than 100 dealerships by 2014.

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At the 2012 Commercial Vehicle Show (April 24-26), Isuzu will launch a new brand service, named the “I-Vision Vision ”, which will be presented within Isuzu’s stand. The I-Vision program will be offering to the UK operators the full range of vehicle telematics included within Isuzu Motors Japan’s online Mimamori system. The Mimamori is proven technology, developed by Isuzu Motors in Japan and is being extensively used in the Japanese domestic market.

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