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The Lockwood Report
(Sendout Date - November 03, 2010) -

November 3, 2010 Vol. 6, No. 22

You'll expect me to start by talking about the latest pronouncements out of Washington with regard to fuel efficiency. I'll get to that, but in the meantime there's a wildly interesting piece of news out of Caterpillar, and I have a picture that you may not have seen yet. Gotta start with this.

The Lockwood Report
(Sendout Date - October 20, 2010) -

October 20, 2010 Vol. 6, No. 21

Ever heard of exhaust waste heat recovery? You will soon, because every North American truck engine maker is pursuing it as a way to meet the coming U.S. fuel economy mandate. When President Obama signed a memo this past May telling the EPA to come up with standards on greenhouse gas emissions and f...

The Lockwood Report
(Sendout Date - October 06, 2010) -

<em>October 6, 2010 Vol. 6, No. 20</em>

I don't bring my groceries home in one of those odd fabric'ish reusable bags that many folks are hauling around these days. A Toronto bylaw has all but banned plastic bags, though they're there if you ask -- and pay a nickel apiece for them like I do. With impeccable logic, I fig...

The Lockwood Report
(Sendout Date - September 22, 2010) -

September 22, 2010 Vol. 6, No. 19

Greetings from northern Germany! Here I sit at a hotel-room desk in Hannover, after the first of two press days at IAA, the giant commercial vehicle show that attracts some 2500 journalists from across the globe. It's all quite extraordinary size-wise, but let me get right to the news so ...

The Lockwood Report
(Sendout Date - August 25, 2010) - August 11, 2010 Vol. 6, No. 17 Seasonal yo-yo routines continue on the truck sales front, same with trailers, and we're still a long way off the levels we saw a few years back, but life marches on everywhere I look. The technology race continues unabated, driven partly by safety and efficiency priorities but mostly, of course, by the ur...
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(Sendout Date - August 11, 2010) - August 11, 2010 Vol. 6, No. 16 Well, after writing a veritable novel last time about the EPA/CARB hearings in California, I'm going to keep it relatively short and possibly even sweet with this one. It's summer, after all, and with the exception of that gnarly debate between the SCR camp and Navistar, things have been a bit quiet on the...
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(Sendout Date - July 28, 2010) - July 28, 2010 Vol. 6, No. 15 Oh boy, here we go again. Being a mature fellow with many miles under my shoe leather, I should have known that the EGR vs. SCR battle was far from over. What was I thinking? Truth be told, I just hoped it was over, never actually thought it possible in a skinny little marketplace so rife with competitive...
The Lockwood Report
(Sendout Date - July 14, 2010) - July 14, 2010 Vol. 6, No. 14 Things have been rather quiet lately on the hardware front, but then again it's summer so I shouldn't be surprised. It's not as if there's no action at all out there, and in fact I had a message this morning from a friend who runs a pretty substantial municipal fleet south of the border. Seems he managed...
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(Sendout Date - June 16, 2010) - June 16, 2010 Vol. 6, No. 12 Am I unreasonable to want this industry's technological development to be driven by engineering innovation and customer desire on their own? Can we tolerate the endless intervention by government in determining how we move forward? The answer to both questions is surely 'no' but I'm afraid it's a for...
The Lockwood Report
(Sendout Date - January 28, 2009) - January 28, 2009 Vol. 5, No. 2 Last time out I told you that the Maxxforce 15 engine that Navistar International announced to analysts a couple of weeks ago was in fact a Caterpillar C15. It was speculation on my part but I wasn’t really out on much of a limb and it’s since been confirmed, though neither company is saying much at all. I...
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