With 2013 coming to a close, CEEDA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.
As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide CEEDA Briefing subscribers with a look at the most-read news stories. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!
Your regular news publication will resume on Thursday January 9, 2014.
10. The business of UTV racing
April 25, 2013: At the genesis of the UTV craze in 2003, when the Polaris Ranger and Yamaha Rhino were the pioneers of the segment, any gearhead worth his salt could feel the potential of these utility-meets-sport vehicles from behind the wheel. With go-anywhere ability, a proper roll cage and decent handling, the OEMs and aftermarket were quick to pounce on the possibilities of this groundbreaking segment with vehicles and products that continually leap-frogged the performance of the preceding generation.
9. New chapter for McCormick, Landini with latest range of tractors
Oct. 17, 2013:
Following on from the McCormick X7 tractor series preview at Sima in February, the manufacturer's parent company, Argo Tractors, has now launched equivalent Landini versions along with several additional models for both of its flagship brands. James Rickard reports.
At its largest product launch to date, Argo Tractors showed off its latest machines along with more than a glimpse at where the company is heading, both in terms of products and ambition.
8. Driverless tractors become a first in farming
Precision Farming Dealer via The Times of India
Aug. 1, 2013:
As the harvest nears, the employees of German farmer Klaus Muenchhoff are busy making the final checks on imposing tractors ready to roll into the golden fields.
But these tractors are steel monsters with a difference — driverless and satellite-guided, they can operate on the fields with an accuracy of a few inches.
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7. Next generation tractor from Kioti
Aug. 29, 2013: The new NX series will be made up of four models from 45 to 60HP and can be specified with either a 24x24 creep speed gear box or Kioti's new Advanced HST system with incorporates Auto throttle and adjustable HST response controls.
Both the Manual and HST models feature Kioti's popular Auto PTO system which links the PTO to the three point linkage allowing the PTO to automatically engage when the linkage is lowered and shut off once raised.
6. Quebec backs Massey dealer's ownership change
Oct. 24, 2013: The Quebec government's economic development lender has put up $900,000 in loans and guarantees for a Massey Ferguson dealership to consolidate its ownership. Investissement Quebec will provide Dany Lafrance and Martin Nolin, the sales and service managers respectively at Champoux Machineries, with a $650,000 loan and a guarantee for another $250,000 loan.
5. Kubota announces opening of $73 million production facility
April 11, 2013: Kubota Corporation has announced the grand opening of its new $73 million manufacturing facility at Kubota Industrial Equipment in Jefferson, GA. The 522,000-square-foot plant on the 88-acre site recently began production of Kubota's 30- to 50-horsepower compact tractor models. The grand opening event was co-sponsored by Kubota Tractor Corporation, the U.S. marketer and distributor of Kubota tractors and equipment.
4. Bobcat company launches new 3600 and 3650 utility vehicles
March 21, 2013:
Bobcat Company is breaking new ground in the utility vehicle market with superior performance and productivity with the new 3600 and 3650 hydrostatic drive utility vehicles. Continuing a rich tradition of customer-driven advancements, the 3650 model will take attachment capabilities to a new level as the industry's first utility vehicle with the capacity to operate front-mounted PTO attachments.
3. Farm vehicles and The Highway Traffic Act
Oct. 3, 2013:
Your interpretation, the MTO's interpretation, and the OPP's interpretation...one act, three different perceptions. A dealer member contacted CEEDA last week for clarification on a recent incident experienced between his dealership and MTO. He asked that we share his experience with his fellow dealers:
2. Fiat Tractor Group announces internal merger plans
Feb. 28, 2013: Fiat's industrial tractor division announced its plans to merge with a second unit controlled by Fiat, and roll both into another merger with a Dutch unit.
Fiat Industrial SpA will be merged with its CNH Global N.V. unit, and later with a Dutch unit, the company said.
The terms and conditions of the proposal are in line with a plan signed last November, the company added.
1. John Deere launches loyalty rewards program
May 30, 2013: John Deere has launched a new rewards program that can mean sizable discounts, financing offers and other benefits for the company's loyal customers.
GreenFleet Loyalty Rewards is meant to pay back customers who have purchased at least two qualified John Deere products.
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