Chicago, Illinois – Heavy-duty commercial truck and engine manufacturers are calling for increased cooperation among European, Japanese and North American regulators as a key element to effectively improve energy efficiency and reduce fuel consumption.

Meeting in Chicago, the chief executives of over a dozen manufacturers discussed fuel efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, diesel fuel specifications and other topics related to heavy-duty engine and vehicle regulation and certification.

“As we enter the second decade of the new millennium, engine and vehicle manufacturers have successfully reduced emissions while maintaining fuel efficiency through the application of new clean diesel technology,” said Daniel Ustain, chairman, president and CEO of Navistar, who hosted the meeting. “Our efforts now focus on improving fuel efficiency to better serve our customers and the global environment. We can best accomplish that when government and industry work together toward a common goal, measured by an established set of compatible global standards and measurement procedures.”

The manufacturers are calling for adoption of a worldwide heavy-duty emissions certification procedure, harmonization of fuel specifications and regulations, fuel efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas reductions, and requirements for certification of heavy-duty hybrid vehicles.

Yoshio Shirai, president of Hino Motors, has extended an invitation for the meeting to be held in Japan in 2011.

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