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May 25, 2011 Vol. 7, No. 11

OK, no engine talk this time out. Seems like I’ve written about almost nothing else for weeks now. That’s an exaggeration, and it’s not as if there isn’t a lot to discuss on the diesel front, but I’m declaring a temporary moratorium.

So let me launch this edition with some interesting international news, starting with the Indian truck-building partnership between Mahindra and Navistar, a 51/49 joint venture respectively, called Mahindra-Navistar Automotives LLC (MNAL). The outfit’s MN 25 truck won the Apollo Tyres Commercial Vehicle of the Year and HCV Truck of the Year award recently, honoring India’s best.

Commenting on the win, Navistar Truck Group president Dee Kapur talked of "our strategy to redefine India’s trucking industry by partnering with local experts to deliver practical and customer-friendly innovations tailored to the local market.” 

The award comes just a year after MNAL unveiled its range of high performance HCV trucks and announced the beginning of production on the MN25, MN31, MN25 Tipper and the MN40.

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

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