Japan
Automobile
Manufacturers
Association, Inc.

Issue No. 1, 2011

The 8th Global Commercial Vehicle Industry Meeting in Chicago

On 16 November 2010, the top executives of the leading Japanese, European and US manufacturers of heavy-duty commercial vehicles and engines met in Chicago to discuss fuel efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas reductions, harmonisation of diesel fuel specifications and regulations, and topics related to the certification of heavy-duty engines and vehicles, including hybrid trucks.  Representatives of JAMA, ACEA (the European Automobile Manufacturers Association) and the US’s Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) and Truck Manufacturers Association (TMA) also joined the meeting.

Recognising the progress made in the control of particulate matter and NOx emissions thanks to new, clean diesel technology, the manufacturers concurred that their focus now is on improving fuel efficiency and advancing greenhouse gas emissions reduction in road freight transport.  Accordingly, they agreed to pursue global efforts targeting the development of harmonised fuel specifications and common vehicle testing and certification procedures.  They also called for increased cooperation among European, Japanese and American regulators, stressing the need for a global approach to shared challenges.

‘Cooperative efforts [towards achieving harmonised global standards] between industry and governments that cross country or regional boundaries…serve to promote positive improvements for customers [as well as] the global environment’, the chief executives acknowledged.  To underpin such efforts there is a need for internationally-coordinated, uniform regional ‘agendas’, common metrics based on work performed, and cost-effective, implementable programmes that provide lead-time and stability and are compatible with the complexities of the HDV marketplace.

JAMA fully supports these efforts targeting heavy-duty vehicles as an essential element in the integrated approach to achieving sustainable road transport.  In the last few years Japan has already seen the beginnings of a decoupling of freight transport emissions and growth, and joint global action towards a common set of standards will help strengthen this trend worldwide.

Finally, Mr Yoshio Shirai, President of Hino Motors, Ltd., a JAMA member manufacturer, invited the CEOs to attend the 9th Global Commercial Vehicle Industry Meeting to be held in Japan late this year.