ERJ staff report (DS)
Tokyo -- The world's leading manufacturers of heavy-duty commercial trucks and engines have called for further progress in regulatory harmonisation and closer cooperation among European, North American, and Japanese regulators in order to improve energy efficiency and reduce fuel consumption associated with on-road freight transport.
Meeting in Tokyo ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show, the chief executives of more than ten global truck and engine manufacturers discussed key issues facing their industry, including fuel efficiency improvements, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, diesel fuel specifications, and issues related to heavy-duty engine and vehicle regulation and certification.
Chaired by Mr. Satoru Takeuchi, President of UD Trucks Corporation and Chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association's (JAMA) Heavy Vehicle Committee, the group issued a statement in which they agreed on the follwing points:
- The need for global cooperation in expanding WHDC (worldwide heavy-duty emissions certification procedure );
- The need for further discussions on diesel fuel specifications including bio components;
- Early action for the introduction of globally harmonised fuel efficiency metrics and test procedures for heavy-duty vehicles;
- To promote global harmonisation of heavy-duty hybrid certification procedures; and
- Stronger administrative function in support of the activities of the Global Commercial Vehicle Industry Meeting.
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Press release from JAMA