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Issue No. 1, 2009

European, Japanese and US heavy-duty engine and vehicle manufacturers call for a global approach to improved fuel efficiency and fuel quality

Chief executives of the world’s leading heavy-duty engine and vehicle manufacturing companies met on 8 October 2008 in New Orleans to discuss the challenges facing their industry. 

In addition to the CEOs, the Global Commercial Vehicle Industry Meeting was attended by delegates from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), and the United States' Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA) and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA).

Discussions focussed on the critical issues of climate change and global energy security.  The executives agreed that addressing those issues would require developing effective fuel-efficiency measurement metrics and methodologies, as well as global fuel regulations.  Global air-quality emissions standards, renewable fuels, and road and vehicle safety were also discussed.

Hosted by Mr Tim Solso, chairman and chief executive officer of Cummins, Inc., the New Orleans meeting marked the sixth gathering of commercial vehicle industry leaders to address common issues at a global level.  At its conclusion, Mr Solso stated: 'The executives who participated today are dedicated to working with government bodies worldwide to reduce fuel consumption and emissions from on-road goods movement.'

Continuing the progress made at previous meetings, participants discussed how the global harmonisation of technical standards affecting heavy-duty engines and vehicles can enhance environmental performance, safety, and efficient goods movement.  Specific topics they addressed included:

The CEOs agreed not only to continue working together with governments towards harmonised global standards, with an emphasis on uniform measurement and testing protocols, but also to work to improve fuel efficiency and develop hybrid-technology certification procedures as well as high-quality renewable fuels specifications.  They reaffirmed that both society and business benefit when governments around the world and engine and truck manufacturers work collaboratively to enhance road transport efficiency, safety, environmental protection, and public and private mobility.

Mr Andreas Renschler, chairman of the Commercial Vehicle Board of Directors of the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) and member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, extended an invitation to the seventh Global Commercial Vehicle Industry Meeting in Europe in 2009.

The official press statement issued at the New Orleans meeting can be viewed at http://www.jama-english.jp/release/release/2008/081009.html.