Joint diesel progress
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• Prototype engines from Nissan and Iveco's joint project to design a new mid-size diesel range are undergoing field trials.
Nissan said at last week's Tokyo Show that its involvement in the venture centred on the supply of advanced fuel injection technology. It is thought Iveco wanted to use Nissan's know-how to meet imminent worldwide emmissions laws. The six and eight-litre range of 164 to 239kW (220 to 320hp) engines are likely to end up in trucks and buses from both manufacturers in the mid 1990s. Iveco announced the co-operation deal in 1989. It does not involve a sales agreement allowing Nissan access to the European heavy truck market.
Hino Motors says it is happy with its UK and Ireland concessionaire Harris Commercials. "Europe is a very difficult market at present," says the company. "We could not hope to sell trucks another way," No Japanese manufacturer will enter the European market in a big way for at least 10 years, Hino believes.