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PostPosted: Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:14 pm 
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I figured this is as good a place to post this as any.

In Europe, you almost never see trucks with bonnets up front. In USA, you almost never see trucks with flat fronts. I assume this is partly regulation (truck length limits in EU maybe??), but what is the major cause for this difference? And why has no American brands adopted the European style so that the trucks can be sold on both sides of the little lake we call the Atlantic Ocean? I've never seen a Peterbilt or a Kenworth in Europe. The only brand on both sides is Volvo, and even they make specific trucks for Europe and USA.

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In Europe, you almost never see trucks with bonnets up front. In USA, you almost never see trucks with flat fronts. I assume this is partly regulation (truck length limits in EU maybe??), but what is the major cause for this difference? And why has no American brands adopted the European style so that the trucks can be sold on both sides of the little lake we call the Atlantic Ocean? I've never seen a Peterbilt or a Kenworth in Europe. The only brand on both sides is Volvo, and even they make specific trucks for Europe and USA.

I guess it has something to do with axle loading. In the US the maximum axle loading is 7.7 tonnes, while in Europe it's up to 12 tonnes. So you end up with more axles, more spread wheels, longer vehicle length. You can sort of see the same with the heavy trailers.

On the other hand, due to the twistyness of european roads, short trucks are needed very badly.

There's some possibility that the Chicken War might also have something to do with so...

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:38 pm 
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There are many reasons why the vehicle design differs, the main one being that the rules for maximum lenght is different, I believe only the cargo area is counted over there but here we also count in the cab which means the bigger cab you have, the smaller the cargo space has to be - which is no way to make money. However a conventional (long nosed) truck is more aerodynamic and many americans also feels it gives them added security of having something between them and the object they might crash into. Surely there are many more other reasons as well, but there are americans trucks in europe - allthough they're very rare and privately imported. :)

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 11:13 pm 
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However a conventional (long nosed) truck is more aerodynamic and many americans also feels it gives them added security of having something between them and the object they might crash into. Surely there are many more other reasons as well, but there are americans trucks in europe - allthough they're very rare and privately imported. :)

I guess you don't need aerodynamics when the engine still do 2 mpg ! Also, I wonder how safe is it to be perched behind an engine block rather than above it, with the engine block needing to "crumple" for modern design (the VNL does so)...

In any case, there are COEs in the US. Some accounts give that Scania 4 COE were quite numerous, and there are some COE made by american manufacturers (like Freightliner). In reverse there was the Scania T in Europe.

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