6 th Sept 2016.
This announcement today sounds like the death bell tolling for the American owned HD Truck manufacturing.
VW is not what most in North America think of as a compact car manufacturer .
It is a massive vehicle manufacturer, clearly with ambitions on the world stage. It owns the following HD Truck makers Scania, MAN , and Mack and now a good chunk of Navistar ( International Harvester ) .
Japanese Brand Nissan is better known around the world
North America’s biggest truck producer is Daimler/ Mercedes Benz , who own Freightliner and Western Star they dominate the Class 8 world market. Only Paccar who produce Kenworth and Peterbilt and in Europe they own DAF & Leyland are American owned . The Rest are foreign owned , Volvo Trucks ( acquired White Motor Corp ) to achieve a foothold in US . Mack now owned by Scania a division of VW above .
The future of the truck-transport industry is severely challenged with meeting scheduled emission standards around the world over the next 15 years . This puts the focus on Drive Train efficiency like never before . Research and development in this is extremely expensive with few and fewer able to participate. To date alternate fuels have not offered the efficiency or benefits to compete with the “Optimized Diesel Engines ” which offers the best long term Cost-Benefit ratio.
Largest truck manufacturers in the world as of 2010.
||Daimler AG (Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner Trucks, Sterling Trucks, Unimog, Western Star,Fuso, BharatBenz)
||Volvo Group (Volvo, Mack, Renault, UD Nissan Diesel)
||Volkswagen Group (Scania, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, MAN)
||Tata Group (Tata Motors, Daewoo Commercial Vehicle)
||Hyundai Kia Automotive Group (Hyundai)
||Toyota Group (Hino Motors, Isuzu)
||Fiat Group (Iveco, Magirus, Astra, Seddon Atkinson, Yuejin)
||PACCAR (DAF Trucks, Kenworth, Peterbilt,Leyland Trucks)
Hence we are sure to see further acquisitions or partnerships created to meet these standards for the diesel engines of the future.
India and China generally employ less than Class 8 trucks with lower power units and are who far more lax in their emission requirements . Numerically then they use more smaller trucks which they manufacturer these locally but these manufactures have an astounding economy of scale with reduced costs ( a Chinese built truck may 1/3 the cost of an import in the same class) . This suggests that they will become international brands in the future. Much as did the Japanese and Korean manufacturers of passenger vehicles develope their products to snatch a significant portion of the world market .