Archive for December, 2010

Statement of MAN SE regarding press speculation on a possible combination between MAN SE and Scania AB

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Statement of MAN SE regarding press speculation on a possible combination between MAN SE and Scania AB

Regarding the ongoing press speculations on a possible combination bet-ween MAN SE and Scania AB, MAN SE comments as follows:

“It is well known, that MAN and Scania are seeking a closer industrial co-operation in order to realize considerable synergy opportunities. Both com-panies are in discussions in this regard.

Both parties are focused on creating value for their shareholders and other stakeholders and are pursuing this with mutually friendly intentions. At the same time, both sides are committed to maintaining the operating busines-ses and the unique brand values of the respective companies. This would be the basis for any possible option pursued by MAN.
At this early stage of the discussions, the outcome is still open and no deci-sions have been taken.”

Ecolution by Scania: A new greener transport concept

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Ecolution by Scania: A new greener transport concept

Today many transport companies are grappling with environmental issues and demands that they should provide “green transport” services. This is why Ecolution by Scania is now being launched. It is a new business concept that helps transport companies reduce carbon dioxide emissions and operating costs.

Scania ecolution

The idea behind Ecolution by Scania is for transport companies to partner with Scania’s experts and put together a transport solution that includes products and services with the smallest possible environmental impact. This is basically a matter of combining existing tried and tested, commercially viable solutions that each help to lower fuel consumption and thereby lower environmental impact.

“Ecolution by Scania makes our extensive green product portfolio visible to customers,” says Martin Lundstedt, Head of Franchise and Factory sales in charge of sales and marketing. He continues: “There is a lot we can do here and now. In close cooperation with our customers, we can help to optimise their operations, reducing both fuel costs and carbon dioxide emissions, while boosting life-time profitability.”

Customers who choose the entire offering receive an Ecolution by Scania certificate. The individual elements can also be purchased separately.Customers who choose the entire offering receive an Ecolution by Scania certificate. The individual elements can also be purchased separately.

Unique solution for each customer
Because the needs and circumstances of customers vary, each solution is unique − individually adapted to specific transport tasks. For urban traffic, for example, Ecolution by Scania offers a solution using ethanol trucks, which significantly helps to lower carbon dioxide emission. For forest and construction haulage, the solution involves robust vehicles fuelled with biodiesel.

For most types of long-distance haulage, diesel is still the only realistic alternative. But with the right vehicle specification, services and maintenance, carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced while keeping fuel costs down.

Common to all these solutions is the opportunity to add a number of green options, for example:
Driver training courses operated by Scania reduce fuel consumption by an average of 10 percent for customers in long-haulage, even with a skilled driver behind the wheel. The training courses focus on economy driving, which may also lead to a reduction in wear and tear as well as the risk of accidents.

Driver follow-up at agreed intervals helps to ensure sustained savings. After the initial driver training course, Scania staff maintain contact with the drivers and provide personal feedback on their performance. The customer also receives help in monitoring and analysing fuel consumption data.

An extended maintenance programme is designed to keep carbon dioxide emissions and fuel consumption at their new, lower level.

New John Deere 8R Series tractors for 2011

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

New John Deere 8R Series tractors for 2011

Following the introduction of the new 8R Series range of tractors last year, John Deere has announced five newly styled wheeled models from 260 to 360hp, designed to meet European Stage IIIB emissions regulations while maintaining excellent fuel economy.

Available from March 2011 in the UK and Ireland, the 8260R, 8285R, 8310R, 8335R and 8360R tractors feature a new fuel efficient PowerTech PSX 9-litre six-cylinder engine, which provides higher horsepower and torque while utilising field proven technology to meet the new emissions standards. Most other specifications remain the same as on the existing range.

For added security, the tractors will be fitted as standard with CESAR Datatag and immobiliser systems, with a unique key. In addition, new models will be supplied with complimentary JDLink Ultimate telematics plus Service ADVISOR remote monitoring and diagnostics systems for the first year, as well as a new, advanced GreenStar 3 CommandCentre cab display. New ActiveCommand Steering (ACS), which won a DLG gold medal at Agritechnica in 2009, will also be optionally available.

The new 8R Series tractors each offer an increase of 15hp over existing models, with the potential to add a further 35hp boost using Intelligent Power Management (IPM) in non-stationary pto and transport applications. There is the same choice of 16/5 automatic PowerShift or AutoPowr infinitely variable transmissions on all new models except the top of the range 8360R, which is AutoPowr only. Independent Link Suspension (ILS) is also available as standard with the 50kph AutoPowr transmission, and optional on the 40kph AutoPowr and PowerShift transmissions.

The new engine utilises established exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) technology, with the addition of an exhaust filter that contains a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and a diesel particulate filter (DPF), as widely used in the construction and automotive industries. This automatically cleans itself during normal machine operation.

Alongside these new tractors, John Deere has introduced new CoolGard II engine coolant, which provides greater stability at higher temperatures, and new Plus-50 II engine oil, specially formulated for Stage IIIB engines, which should be changed every 500 hours. New ultra low sulphur diesel (ULSD) fuel must also be used in Stage IIIB engines; more details on these and the new engine developments can be found in a special emissions section on the website.

In addition to the new engines, more advanced technology has been integrated into simple-to-use controls in the cab that allow all operators to increase productivity, whatever their level of experience.

The telematics and remote monitoring features, supported by the newly designed JDLink website, allow the new 8R Series tractors to send location, operation and performance data via the web or a mobile phone. This helps producers gain even more efficiency and productivity, while avoiding downtime and improving fleet management.

If a service issue develops in the field, for example, technicians at the dealership can remotely diagnose the problem, determine the tractor’s location and provide the solution. This reduces travel and downtime, as well as improving service and repair times even further.

The new ActiveCommand Steering option utilises breakthroughs in steering technology to deliver the ultimate in driver comfort and control, especially for those who do a lot of road work. Variable ratio steering also means fewer turns lock to lock at slow speeds, and quicker headland turns.

To help reduce clutter in the cab, the new GreenStar 3 CommandCentre display can be loaded with AutoTrac and Sprayer Pro automatic steering and control applications to eliminate the need for additional displays. The standard screen is AutoTrac and ISOBUS capable, while the optional touch screen version integrates a video feature to allow better visibility of implements, for example.

Another new option is the GreenStar 3 2630 touch screen display, which adds full tractor guidance and Application Pro implement systems plus documentation to the standard CommandCentre features. This replaces the existing 2600 display, and has a smaller profile with a more robust but same size screen. The 2630 also has a faster processor with more memory, and features USB and ethernet ports plus video capability. The brighter screen has a standby mode for road transport or night use, and offers different user access levels to allow managers to prevent less experienced operators from changing settings, for example.

Precision farming customers can also benefit from the new StarFire SF3000 receiver, which now offers the best satellite and terrain control performance on the market. This new design provides much quicker start-up and signal acquisition or re-acquisition than its predecessor, and can operate much more effectively in shaded conditions, for example when working up against tree lines.

This is because it is more sensitive, sees more satellites and can pick up more correction signals – including the Russian GLONASS signal as standard, when this becomes available. It also provides even greater accuracy through better terrain compensation on three axes, ie roll, pitch and yaw. The new StarFire SF3000 receiver is available now, with remote activation possible via the John Deere Stellar Support website.

8335R & 8360R tractors

New GreenStar 3 2630 & CommandCentre displays A

Land Rover offers customers more choice with efficient 2011 Freelander 2

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Land Rover offers customers more choice with efficient 2011 Freelander 2

  • Land Rover offers customers more choice with efficient 2011 Freelander 2
  • New upgraded diesel engine available with either 150PS or 190PS
  • Stronger performance and improved efficiency throughout the range
  • Revised exterior with new front bumper assembly plus three new colour schemes and new alloy wheel options
  • Interior tweaks with new instrument dials and Premium Pack option
  • Customers offered more choice with addition of 2WD eD4 derivatives
  • Frugal eD4 model capable of 47.2mpg and 158g/km CO2; with annual road tax of just €447
  • Improved intelligent Stop/Start technology as standard on manual transmission

    The 2011 Freelander 2 model range benefits from a new 2.2-litre diesel engine available with either 150PS or 190PS outputs, a new look exterior plus interior alterations including new instrument dials and a new Premium Pack option.

    Land Rover’s new turbo diesel engine is available in the 4WD TD4 150PS model featuring a manual transmission and intelligent Stop/Start technology as standard (an automatic gearbox without Stop/Start is available as a cost option), or the new SD4 model delivering 190PS (available in automatic transmission only).

    This new engine is quieter, more efficient and both derivatives have 20Nm more torque than the outgoing engine. This means the 2011 Freelander 2 offers improved engine response and more mid-range strength for towing. CO2 emissions have been significantly reduced to 165g/km and 185g/km respectively with corresponding fuel economy benefits.

    However, despite reductions in consumption and emissions, there has been no compromise in performance. The flagship 190PS Freelander SD4 accelerates from rest to 60mph in 8.7 seconds with an increased top speed of 118mph. The Freelander 150PS TD4 manual and automatic versions match the performance of their predecessors.

    As well as being upgraded from EU4 to EU5, both versions have a new variable geometry turbocharger and have been extensively re-calibrated to deliver new levels of power, meet emissions regulations and reduce CO2 emissions. They are fitted with a catalysed diesel particulate filter as standard and are now compatible with 10 per cent biodiesel rather than 5 per cent.

    As an addition to the Freelander 2 range, Land Rover will also offer customers a 2WD derivative, available in Ireland from January 2011. This will be called the Freelander 2 eD4 and will be the most efficient Land Rover ever produced, with fuel consumption of 47.2mpg combined, and CO2 emissions of just 158g/km, with an annual road tax of just €447.

    “The new Freelander 2 eD4 moves Land Rover into the hugely popular and fiercely contested two wheel-drive SUV market,” said Land Rover managing director Phil Popham. “The European market for two-wheel drive SUVs represents 23 percent of the segment and we intend to compete strongly here.

    “A 2WD option is just one way in which we are developing our vehicles’ efficiency whilst adding to the Land Rover range and expanding our appeal to a broader group of customers. We will continue to make the ‘world’s finest all-terrain vehicles’ for those customers who require 4WD but will also now offer an alternative.”

    This groundbreaking Freelander 2 eD4 is powered by the new 2.2-litre turbo diesel engine, delivering 150PS. It is only available with a six-speed manual transmission featuring Stop/Start technology as standard.

    The exterior of the latest Freelander 2 gets a new look for 2011. Marked out by a new front bumper assembly incorporating new front fog lap bezels, a new front grille finish, improved headlights and tail lamps, new full width tailgate appliqué and new 18- or 19-inch alloy wheel styles. There are three new colour schemes for 2011 Kosrae Green, Baltic Blue and Fuji White.

  • Inside the cabin, Land Rover’s design team have revised the instrument dials, and there are four new seat styles with the option of a Premium Pack that includes Windsor Leather upholstery, an 8/6 way electric seat, plus premium carpet mats and covered centre stowage.

Eddie Kavanagh, General Manager, Land Rover Ireland said: “We are very excited about this new addition to the Land Rover range, in particular the new Freelander 2 2WD eD4 model – with its lower CO2 emissions, revised exterior styling, not to mention its competitive retail price.  Land Rover Ireland plans to sell 300 units of the new 2011 Freelander next year and the eD4 will play a big part in achieving this”.

2011 Freelander 2

BMW announces serial production of sports car with plug-in hybrid technology.

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

A vision becomes reality: BMW announces serial production of sports car with plug-in hybrid technology.

Munich/Leipzig. It was the star of the Frankfurt international motor show IAA in 2009: a four-seater sports car with charismatic design, fascinating performance figures and unsurpassed efficiency, powered by BMW ActiveHybrid technology and presented under the title BMW Vision EfficientDynamics. With its wide range of completely or virtually productionready components, this concept study met with an overwhelming response.

There was a widespread desire to put the car on the road, and the realisation of this desire is moving considerably closer. At the Leipzig trade fair centre BMW is presenting a fully road-ready technology showcase vehicle based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept study. This presentation will give media representatives their first ever opportunity to find out what it is like to drive the 2+2-seater car powered by an innovative hybrid system.

The concept study BMW Vision EfficientDynamics represents the future of driving pleasure. Since its world premiere at the IAA 2009 it has received several awards both for its futuristic design and its ground-breaking engine technology. Just 1.24 metres high, the 2+2-seater takes up the characteristic BMW shaping style, geared consistently towards aesthetic appeal and dynamic performance. Wing doors facilitate entry to both rows of seats, while extensive aerodynamic measures reduce the drag coefficient to 0.22. The combination of a 3-cylinder turbo diesel with a hybrid synchronous motor at the front axle and a full-hybrid engine at the rear axle enables an overall system output of 241 kW/328 bhp. The innovative design of the BMW ActiveHybrid technology allows performance figures at the level of a sports car, with just 4.8 seconds required for the sprint from zero to 100 km/h – with an average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle (KV01) of 3.76 litters/100 kilometers, equal to 75.1 mpg imp, and a CO2 emission rating of 99 grams per kilometer (1,3 l/100km and 33g CO2/km; EU-PHEV ECE-R101). This unique relation between dynamic performance and efficiency derives from the high level of efficiency of all engine components as well as intelligent linking

BMW Corporate Communications of the power output of the three engines, as well as precisely controlled energy management including brake energy regeneration. What is more, the study BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is conceived as a so-called plug-in hybrid. The lithium-polymer rechargeable battery housed centrally in a longitudinal chassis element and designed specially for this hybrid sports car can be fully charged at a conventional power socket within just two and half hours. The use of electrical energy alone permits zero-emissions motoring with a range of some 50 kilometres, while a 24-litre diesel tank extends the total action radius of the vehicle to up to 700 kilometres.

By developing a sports car based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept study for serial production, the Munich-based premium automobile manufacturer underscores its position as a global leader in the production of sporty vehicles with exemplary efficiency. All current models are fitted as standard with extensive measures for the reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The innovations used for this purpose are based on the development strategy BMW EfficientDynamics, which also includes BMW ActiveHybrid technology as well as purely electrical drive systems. With the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 and the BMW ActiveHybrid X6, two serial production vehicles have already been launched in which a BMW-specific combination of combustion and electric drive results in an especially efficient increase in the driving dynamics so characteristic of the brand.

The BMW Group is also undertaking extensive field tests in regular traffic, which after the MINI E will soon include the BMW ActiveE, so as to prepare for serial production of a purely electrically powered model which is to be produced at the BMW plant in Leipzig from 2013 as the Megacity Vehicle. At the same time, the current technology showcase vehicle being presented to mark the expansion of the BMW Leipzig plant not only demonstrates the consistent further development of BMW ActiveHybrid as a drive concept. It also highlights the expertise of the BMW Group in the integrated development of BMW Corporate Communications vehicle concepts which are geared towards the principles of BMW EfficientDynamics in every detail. Like the Megacity Vehicle, the sports car based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics study is an example of how future-oriented mobility opens up fascinating perspectives in combination with the driving pleasure characteristic of BMW





BMW Group builds mobility of the future in Leipzig

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

BMW Group builds mobility of the future in Leipzig € 400 million investment in Megacity Vehicle production BMW Group to create 800 jobs

Munich. The mobility of the future is under construction in Leipzig. The BMW Group is expanding its plant in Leipzig to make it the first location in Germany equipped to handle the large-scale production of zero-emission electric cars. In the period up to 2013, around €400 million will be invested at the plant in new buildings and machinery for the production of the Megacity Vehicle (MCV). Some 800 jobs will be created in the process. The plant expansion was launched on Friday by German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel and Dr Norbert Reithofer, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, together with the Prime Minister of the German state of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich, and the

Governor of Washington state in the US, Chris Gregoire.
“By producing the Megacity Vehicle in Germany the BMW Group is demonstrating a clear commitment to Germany as a high-tech location. With this vehicle we are revolutionising automotive design and production, and offering our customers the first purpose-built electric vehicle for urban areas. This will be the world’s first volume-produced car with a passenger compartment made from lightweight CFRP, as less weight enables a longer range,” explained Reithofer. “We made a conscious decision to produce the car in Germany, at our plant in Leipzig – our newest and most cutting-edge facility with the most flexible structures,” he added.

Including production of components, the BMW Group and the joint venture set up with the SGL Group for the manufacture of carbon fibres are investing a total of €530 million in the project. The beneficiaries of this investment are the BMW plants in Leipzig and Landshut and the joint venture facilities in Wackersdorf and Moses Lake (Washington state, USA). A total of over 1,000 jobs will be created as a result of the investment. The BMW plant in Dingolfing will produce important components for the drive system and chassis of the MCV.
A new dimension in sustainability

The BMW Group is placing great value on sustainability throughout the value chain for the Megacity Vehicle. This approach extends far beyond the emission-

free operation of the vehicle itself. Indeed, the BMW Group has also set itself ambitious aims with regard to environmental protection and the preservation of natural resources when it comes to production. For example, the company’s target is to bring its energy requirement down by 50 per cent and reduce water usage by 70 per cent per vehicle. The company is aiming to ensure that 100 per cent of the energy it uses comes from renewable sources. These figures are based on a comparison with the current values of the BMW Group production network, which has set the sustainability benchmark in the automotive sector for several years now.
Ongoing build-up of expertise in the area of electromobility

The BMW ActiveE – based on the BMW 1 Series Coupé – will roll off the production line at the Leipzig plant from as early as 2011. This vehicle represents the BMW Group’s second step, after the MINI E, towards putting an emission-free electric vehicle into series production. The knowledge gained with the MINI E and BMW ActiveE is channelled directly into the series development of the MCV. All of which means that from 2011, Leipzig will be a centre of expertise for the production of electric cars within the BMW Group’s worldwide network. To this end, BMW is also increasing the number of apprenticeship places in Leipzig from 40 to 55 per year.

The BMW Group

The BMW Group is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 24 production facilities in 13 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

The BMW Group achieved a global sales volume of approximately 1.29 million automobiles and over 87,000 motorcycles for the 2009 financial year. Revenues totalled euro 50.68 billion. At 31 December 2009, the company employed a global workforce of approximately 96,000 associates.

The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy. As a result of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last six years.


Meet Volvo’s Innovation Team!

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Meet Volvo’s Innovation Team!
The latest edition of Volvo CE’s Spirit Magazine ( is now published, featuring a special focus on innovation and originality of thought in all areas of design.
It’s not just the machines that are in focus, but also the innovative design teams that dream up the Next Big Thing. Unusually for the male dominated construction industry, Volvo CE’s chief designer is a woman – Stina Nilimaa Wickström. Read how Stina and her team of culturally diverse visionaries are reshaping our perceptions of construction equipment by developing Tomorrow’s solutions to Today’s worksite challenges.
The stars of the issue are the concept design machines that Volvo CE has made its own over the last six years, including the SfinX excavator, Gryphin wheel loader, Centaur articulated hauler and Fenix road paving machine. For the first time these machines are seen together – and each one has caused a sensation by redefining their respective product groups for years to come. The online version of the magazine features videos on all the concept machines as well as an indepth reportage on Volvo CE’s design team.
Itself something of an innovation for the industry, Spirit is printed in 14 languages and the new edition also covers other technological advances that are available today, not least how Volvo’s CareTrack telematics system is giving equipment owners, operators and Volvo dealers an unprecedented level of useful information about machine performance, status and maintenance needs.

MAN makes the Carbon Disclosure Project’s climate protection index

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Investor group acknowledges MAN’s transparent climate protection reporting
International investor group Carbon Disclosure Project has listed MAN in the well-known Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) of German companies for the first time. The CDLI comprises only those companies that stand out due to particularly transparent and detailed reporting about dealing with the opportunities and risks involved in climate change. This year saw 122 German companies take part in the questionnaire about their CO2 management approach, with 30 of them qualifying for the CDLI. MAN scored 65 out of the 100 points possible, far surpassing the 44 points averaged by the industrial enterprise sector.

“We are delighted to have been listed in this important index. This tells us that we are on the right track with our corporate responsibility activities,” said Jörg Schwitalla, CHRO of MAN SE. “We will also be reporting on our progress in climate protection in an open and comprehensible manner.” “We intend to set ourselves clear climate protection targets,” added Yvonne Benkert, Senior Manager for Corporate Responsibility at MAN. “To this end, we will develop a climate strategy next year that will set out climate protection objectives and measures and also be binding throughout the Group.”

The Carbon Disclosure Project represents 534 institutional investors holding USD 64 trillion in assets under management. The CDL index acts as a tool for investors to evaluate climate and emissions data.