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India to serve as Volvo global engine hub

周六, 8月 7, 2010

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India is further expanding its place in the world’s automotive supply chain, with a decision by Volvo Trucks and its joint venture partner Eicher Motors to invest about A$72 million in building Volvo’s new medium-duty global engine platform at a plant in Madhya Pradesh state.

By 2012, the upgraded Pithampur plant will have capacity for an extra 85,000 base engines, and will begin making 5-litre and 8-litre diesel truck engines that comply with global emission standards up to the Euro 3, 4, 5 and 6 levels.

Eicher Motors CEO Siddhartha Lal hailed the agreement, announced in New Delhi last month, as the most technologically advanced project of its type in India.

Volvo said the investment gave it a “complete facility” in India to make and assemble the new engines that would power the Volvo group’s trucks and buses worldwide over the next few years. As well, it said the engines would be used in Eicher’s range of heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

Eicher, which began life more than 50 years ago as a tractor maker, is now India’s fourth-largest truck builder behind Tata Motors, the Hinduja Group’s Ashok Leyland and the Mahindra Group, which has a joint venture with U.S.-based Navistar.

Volvo, the world’s No. 2 medium and heavy truck maker behind Daimler, signed an agreement with Eicher in 2008 to set up a 50-50 joint venture known as Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles (VECV) that covers Eicher trucks and buses, engineering services and the sales and distribution of Volvo trucks in India.

India’s truck market is expanding rapidly, in line with a fast-growing economy in which big infrastructure projects and general construction have created a strong demand for steel, cement and other transport-intensive items. As well, the retail consumption boom means the country’s freight operators are under pressure to upgrade their supply chains in areas such as fresh and refrigerated food transport.

India’s sales of commercial vehicles above 5 tonnes peaked at 352,000 units in 2007, before the global financial crisis saw a drop to 306,000 units in 2008 and 272,000 units last year.

But with economic growth above 8 per cent and a good monsoon under way, sales are rebounding rapidly this year. Almost 208,000 units were sold in the first six months alone, and expectations are high that full-year sales will top 400,000. 

Lal, speaking at the release of Eicher Motors’ first half results released last week, said the Indian commercial vehicle market was seeing strong growth, with Eicher-branded vehicles posting sales of just under 18,400 units in the first half of 2010, a gain of 85.3 per cent over the same period last year, against the industry’s overall 82.4 per cent rise.

He said Volvo Trucks India had maintained its “firm leadership position” in the high-end sector, with a market share of more than 75 per cent.

Its rivals include Daimler Trucks, Swedish maker Scania (now controlled by Volkswagen), MAN (which has a joint venture with local partner Force Motors), Japan’s Hino and Russian maker Kamaz.

Daimler, which sold its 5.3 per cent stake in Tata Motors at the start of 2010 for about A$420 million, will invest more than A$1 billion on a new truck-making facility at Chennai over the next five years, with production starting in mid-2012. It already markets Fuso-branded trucks in India.

Nissan is embarking on a truck joint venture with Ashok Leyland that gets under way next year, while Chinese maker Foton also is said to be eyeing the Indian market.

Domestic giant Tata Motors dominates the overall truck and bus market, with a share of around 65 per cent, followed by Ashok Leyland and Mahindra. But in a presentation to investors earlier this year, VECV said it aimed to be the leading commercial vehicle group in India by 2015, with sales of 100,000 units, including 17,000 earmarked for export. Its domestic sales target is 43,000 heavy-duty trucks for a market share above 15 per cent, 30,000 light and medium trucks for a 30 per cent-plus share, and 10,000 buses, or about 10 per cent of the market.

Along with the interest being shown by truck makers, India in the past few years has emerged as a small-car manufacturing hub for global makers such as Hyundai, Suzuki, VW, Nissan, GM and Ford. They are adding production capacity at a furious pace, both to take advantage of Indian domestic demand and the potential for exports to markets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and South America.

Geoff Hiscock writes on Indian business and is the author of India’s Global Wealth Club and India’s Store Wars.

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高铁不是高速铁路,是高架铁路,也是高价铁路

周五, 7月 9, 2010

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高铁不是高速铁路,是高架铁路,也是高价铁路~

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高铁十宗罪

周五, 7月 9, 2010

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一、不舒适!   速度最快时有300多公里,但是每次一加速就减速,耳朵从开始就一直处在耳鸣状态(和坐飞机的身体反应一样),问题是坐飞机只要体会一次这样的感觉,做高铁每到一站就要体会一次,高铁做完之后身体一直不舒适!   这样的高铁,出于安全原因肯定不能卖站票,那运力就很成问题,轨道化随到随走将不可能实现!   相比动车,我宁愿出233去坐原来的动车,让它原地涨价,我也不愿意做高铁!动车匀速开,舒服,时间还差不多!   二、不便捷!   收费贵了近一倍,服务没有任何改变,没有任何专用通道,停在虹桥站,根本就还没到上海嘛,还在上海郊区,比虹桥机场都远,出来后公交很少出租很少,只能坐2号线地铁!昆山南站据说更加不便,昆山人很惨的!   三、不省时!   2个小时时间,将来班次增加之后,肯定 又是晚点,到时和动车不会有任何区别!   今天专门下载了动车时刻表,发现决大部分车和原来相比只省了10%的时间,而票价却贵了60-100%   考虑到虹桥站和昆山南站的距离很远,到市区多花的时间比高铁省的时间要多的多!   四、不便宜!   这点火星人都知道!   五、不平民!   一等座相当于飞机的头等舱,我突然发现,一趟动车,居然一半座位都是头等舱!   我不得不佩服高层的智慧,减少二等座,人为造成票价紧张局面,对于急于出行的人来说你要支付的成本不是146,而是233!   六、不公交!   今天研究时刻表发现,沪宁线上的班次并没有增加多少,到苏州,到常州的班次跟原来几乎一样,也就是说公交化运行全是骗人的,是指鹿为马,指着1说2!   七、不节约!   浪费纳税人钱财,既然已经有京沪高铁,沪宁城际的定位应该是方便买票,随到随走,现在的定位岂不是与京沪高铁一样!   八、不安全!   300公里的时速,全在高架上,想象一下,不安全的另外一个方面是车内加减速急剧而且频繁,老人小孩晕车的和高血压心脏病应该尽量避免高铁!   九、不虚心!   明明所有的民众都在抗议反对,媒体和铁路部门还在歌功颂德,只字不提民众的感受!就不能虚心下来听取民众的意见?就一定要用如此高傲强硬的姿态来面对长三角勤劳善良的老百姓!   十、不要脸!~

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让人失望的沪宁”高铁”

周五, 7月 9, 2010

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最新公布的沪宁”高铁”时刻表,南京到上海301公里的距离,   99%的列车耗时都在2小时左右, 其中最长的耗时2小时10分 (G7023, G7032等),   平均速度只有 139公里/每小时.比既有沪宁线上最快的动车还慢13分钟 (1小时57分).   这条铁路原名沪宁城际铁路,但是6月24日,铁道部突然更名沪宁高铁,大概就是因为其中12公里满足350公里/小时的高铁标准.   如此离谱的票价,和如此”史上最慢高铁”的140公里/小时速度让人大跌眼睛   一小时都是圈破灭了, 同城化破灭了, 350公里/小时的速度破灭了,取而代之的是140公里/小时的速度,永不破灭的是高昂的票价.   为了强制老百姓乘坐”高铁”, 铁路部门从七月一日起停开南京-上海间的25对动车,取而代之的是票价高60%, 耗时几乎相当的”高铁”.

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水煮鱼wordpress转帖到开心网代码

周三, 6月 9, 2010

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这几天西小西玩开心多一点,突然想,可不可以在自己的小博上也加个转帖到开心网的代码呢,于是百度了下,还真有,是wordpress达人水煮鱼写的,拿来主义呀,哈哈~

single.php 文件添加如下代码:
<a title=”转贴到开心网” rel=”nofollow” href=”http://www.kaixin001.com/repaste/share.php?rtitle=&lt;?php echo urlencode($post-&gt;post_title);?&gt;&amp;rurl=&lt;?php echo urlencode(get_permalink($post-&gt;ID));?&gt;&amp;rcontent=&lt;?php echo urlencode(strip_tags($post-&gt;post_content));?&gt;” target=”_blank”>转贴到开心网</a>

西小西测试了下,效果还不错~

再想,如果把这个代码放在日志里,可不可以只分享想要分享的呢,下面是测试,看看内~
转贴到开心网

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