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12th October 1985
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NEXT week we take a look at the Midlands, often described as the heart of Britain's motor industry. Some truck manufacturers based further north might want to argue with that but as far as truck anti-lock brake systems are concerned, there is no doubt that the West Midlands is the centre of British activity.

No midlands issue would be complete without a report on a British manufacturer. There may no longer be any heavy truck manufacturers left in the region but there are still plenty of light vehicle builders. We turn the spotlight on Land Rover-BL's Solihull based 4x4 subsidiary, which is now making major inroads into the European market following a decline in its traditional third world sales.

Leading importer last year was Peugeot Talbot, the UK subsidiary of the giant Automobiles Peugeot group.

Brian Weatherley has been to the company's Birmingham HQ to find out the secret behind

its sales which have doubled over the last three years.

Gardner's big new 6LYT engine represents a long-awaited step into high powers by a conservative company. Foden's S104T bespoke-tailored 38-tonne tractor has earned a reputation for light weight and good

economy. For the first time, Commercial Motor has tested the two combined: does this live up to the expectations of the industry? Bill Brock discloses all next week.

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