Volkswagen’s (VW) truck division is looking at expanding truck operations in Asia. The strategy is said to be engineered such that the MAN and Scania group arms are aligned closely enough to strongly compete with competitors like Daimler and Volvo. The move is claimed by industry sources to be connected with yet another development, that of the acquisition of US commercial vehicle major Navistar. Volkswagen, claim sources, is in talks to acquire a stake in Navistar. Andreas Renschler, VW trucks chief on the sidelines of the Hannover truck show is known to have expressed that the deal with Navistar will give VW access to the lucrative US trucks market and the Asia market. Sources claim that the markets VW is looking at are North America, India and China. MAN in particular is said to be looking at improving its product management in India and expand its market reach. MAN operates through a subsidiary, MAN Trucks India. Some 2000 MAN trucks per year are sold claim sources.

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