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March 10, 2010 Vol. 6, No. 5

So here I am in rainy downtown St. Louis preparing to attend the Green Truck Summit and the Work Truck Show, all under the umbrella of the National Truck Equipment Association’s annual convention. As events go it’s been getting progressively better over the last few years, and it’s now firmly on my must-attend list. In fact, another journalist and I concluded over dinner last night that it’s no longer something that can be covered single-handedly. There’s just too much going on. And from a decidedly selfish perspective, I can tell you that no show or convention on these shores treats a motor noter like me better. Thanks, Kristen.

Among the highlights yet to come is the introduction tomorrow of a commercial van from Nissan, a rival to the very successful Sprinter from Daimler, finally labelled a Mercedes product up in Canada. The new made-in-America NV2500, not yet with diesel power, rather with V6 and V8 gas engines, will be joined some time by a commercial pickup truck, a project that’s been delayed because of scarce resources in a crappy economy. When it does come, it will sport the impressively smooth ZF PowerLine automatic transmission that I drove a couple of years back.

It’s early days here in St. Louis, but we’ll also see the introduction of new vehicles from International, GMC, and Freightliner Custom Chassis, plus a steerable lift axle from Hendrickson and much more besides.

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Rolf Lockwood is editor emeritus of Today's Trucking and a regular contributor to Trucknews.com.

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