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April 19, 2018 - Industry News

Rainier Truck & Chassis Offers Online Ordering

Rainier offers a number of cab-over-engine (COE) models, including the RT2600 Class 6 model. (Photo courtest of Rainier)

Rainier dealers and customers can now use the company's factory website to order trucks anytime and anywhere.

Tags: Class 6, Truck Sales, Online Vehicle Ordering, Cabovers, Rainier Truck

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

Truck Dealerships Employed 12% More People Last Year

Employment was up at truck dealers across the U.S. and so were truck sales, according to data compiled by American Truck Dealers. Photo: ATD

Employment at the nation’s medium- and heavy-duty truck dealership was up 12.3% last year, according to a report released by the American Truck Dealers.

Tags: Technician Shortage, American Truck Dealers, Truck Sales, Technicians, Employment, Truck Dealers, Dealers

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

J.D. Power: Used Truck Prices Drop in February

International ProStar tractors are "edging" closer to average used truck prices, a report by J.D. Power & Associates has found. Photo: Jack Roberts

According to J.D. Power and Associates, higher volumes of both heavy- and medium-duty used trucks caused prices to fall off "substantially" in February.

Tags: Medium-Duty Trucks, Heavy-Duty Trucks, Used Trucks, Used Truck Sales

April 18, 2018 - Industry News

FHWA Clarifies Weight Allowance for Natural Gas Trucks

A new memo issued by the FHWA clarifies current weight allowances for natural gas powered trucks nationwide. Photo: Freightliner

The Federal Highway Administration has issued a new memorandum to help clarify weight allowances for natural gas powered trucks.

Tags: Federal Highway Administration, Natural Gas Vehicles, Compressed Natural Gas, Truck Size/Weight

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Autocar Trucks to Receive First Cummins X12 Engines

The Cummins X12 diesel engine will be offered in ACX refuse trucks beginning in October. Photo: Autocar

Autocar Trucks is the first North American OEM to introduce Cummins' new X12 engine to the refuse market. Autocar claims the engine will enable customers to haul more than 700 pounds additional payload while delivering almost $11,000 in fuel savings over the life of a truck.

Tags: Cummins, Diesel Engines, Autocar, Engines, Refuse Fleets

April 17, 2018 - Industry News

Wabco Building New American Headquarters in Michigan

Wabco's new Americas headquarters is located in Auburn Hills, Mich. Image: Wabco

Wabco Holdings announced that it will locate its new Americas headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, and is currently building the facility to house it.

Tags: New Facility, Aftermarket Parts, Manufacturing, Wabco

April 13, 2018 - Industry News

March Maintains Trailer Order Momentum

Trailer orders fell in March but remained at the highest levels recorded since 2014. Photo: Stoughton Trailers

Early reports from FTR on trailer order activity for March show that while orders declined by 16% from the month before, they remain historically strong.

Tags: Economy, FTR, Freight Capacity, Trailer Orders

April 13, 2018 - Industry News

Volkswagen Names New CEO

Newly named Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess (center) speaks at a technology conference in Germany last year. Photo: Volkswagen

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller is being replaced by Volkswagen brand chief Herbert Diess, in a week full of news for the German-based auto and commercial vehicle maker.

Tags: Hino, Volkswagen, Navistar, Diesel Emissions, VW Diesel Scandal, Global

April 12, 2018 - Industry News

Nikola Brings On Alt-Fuels Expert as Technologies VP

Jesse Schneider, vice president of hydrogen and fuel cell tehcnologies at Nikola Motors. Photo: Nikola Motors

Nikola Motors has hired automotive industry alternative fuels expert Jesse Schneider as its vice president of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

Tags: Leadership, Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, People, Hybrid Trucks, Nikola Motor Company

April 12, 2018 - Global News

Volvo Unveils All-Electric Truck for Europe

Volvo’s new FL Electric Truck will have a daily range of approximately 186 miles and will enter serial production in Europe next year. Photo: Volvo

Volvo has introduced its first all-electric truck for commercial use in Europe, the FL Electric, designed for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications.

Tags: Volvo, Refuse Fleets, Electric Trucks, Last Mile Delivery, Global, Sweden

April 12, 2018 - Industry News

Hino, VW Ink Long-Term Strategic Partnership Deal

Hino's Yoshio Shimo and VW's Andreas Renschler announced a new strategic partnership between the to companies to develop new technologies. Photo: Joji Nishi

A new, long-term, strategic agreement reached by Hino and Volkswagen will evaluate technology cooperation between the two companies with a focus on conventional powertrains, hybrid and electric powertrains, as well as connectivity and autonomous driving systems.

Tags: Hino, Volkswagen, Future Trucks, Electric Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Partnership, Global

April 11, 2018 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Trucks Names Head of Marketing, Sales, Service

Andreas von Wallfeld, head of marketing, sales, and service for Mercedes-Benz Trucks, photo courtesy of Daimler AG.

Andreas von Wallfeld was named as the new head of marketing, sales, and services for Mercedes-Benz Trucks as of May 1.

Tags: Promotions, Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Germany

April 6, 2018 - Industry News

TMW Integrates Purchasing Software with Navistar's OnCommand System

Photo: Navistar

TMW has integrated its TMT Fleet Maintenance Purchase Order module with Navistar’s OnCommand Connection/Part Information System.

Tags: Navistar, Parts, Software, TMW Systems

April 5, 2018 - Global News

Chinese Joint Venture Announces Autonomous Truck Development Project

G7 founder and CEO Xuehun Zhai. Photo: G7<br />

G7 Networks says its new joint venture with other Chinese firms will seek to develop autonomous-driven electric heavy-duty trucks that are highly efficient, safe and easy to manage.

Tags: China, Alternative Fuels, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles, Global

April 5, 2018 - Industry News

Nikola Jabs Tesla - Vows to Return Pre-Production Deposit Money

In a recent tweet apparently aimed at Tesla, electric truck OEM Nikola said it did not need customer deposits to run its business. Photo: Tom Berg

In a Tweet on April 4, 2018, electric truck OEM Nikola said it did not need deposit money to operate its busines – an apparent jab at Tesla's long-rumored financial troubles.

Tags: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles, Tesla, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Future Trucks, Nikola Motor Company

April 5, 2018 - Industry News

Navistar Inks Agreement to Develop Composite Materials for Class 8 Trucks

Navistar&#39;s agreement to explore composite materials for Class 8 trucks comes on the heels of the company&#39;s SuperTruck II project. Photo: Jack Roberts

Navistar has signed an agreement with TPI Composites to design and develop Class 8 trucks with lighter-weight frame rails and body panels crafted from composite materials.

Tags: Navistar, Class 8, Fiberglass Composites, SuperTruck, Future Trucks, Composites

April 5, 2018 - Industry News

Volvo Names Ohio Dealership North American Dealer of the Year

S&amp;amp;S Volvo dealer principal Todd Schaub (right of center) and wife Lynn Schaub (center) receive the award for the 2017 Volvo Trucks North American Dealer of the Year from (left to right) Bruce Kurtt, senior vice president of sales for Volvo Trucks North America, Chris Gossler, regional vice president northeast U.S. region and G&amp;ouml;ran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North America. Photo: Volvo

S&S Volvo, of Lima, Ohio, was honored for its outstanding performance in a number of key areas, including sales and support for other dealerships.

Tags: Telematics, American Truck Dealers, Volvo Trucks, Customer Service, Truck Dealer of the Year, Parts and Service, Truck Dealers

April 4, 2018 - Industry News

Great Dane Appoints Two Lead Manufacturing Executives

Axel Gros and Jim Stevenson have been appointed as vice presidents of manufacturing for Great Dane. Photo: Great Dane

Great Dane has appointed two new vice presidents of manufacturing, Axel Gros and Jim Stevenson.

Tags: Leadership, Trailers, People, Great Dane

April 3, 2018 - Industry News

Combined Truck Orders to Exceed 70,000 Units in March

Preliminary data on heavy and medium duty commercial truck orders shows that the industry has surpassed 70,000 units in March, according to ACT Research.

Tags: Class 8, Medium-Duty Trucks, ACT Research, Truck Orders

April 3, 2018 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks Transitions to Full Production of VNL 760

Volvo Trucks recently completed full transition of production from the legacy VNL 670 model to the new VNL 760. Photo: Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks has completed its transition from production of the outgoing VNL 670 model to the full production of the new VNL 760.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Class 8, Volvo VNL

April 3, 2018 - Industry News

Navistar Appoints Baumann as Strategy and Planning Exec

Navistar International announced that Friedrich W. Baumann has joined the company as senior vice president, strategy, and planning.

Tags: Volkswagen, Navistar, Leadership, People, Daimler Trucks North America, New Hire

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

FedEx Orders 20 Tesla Semi Electric Trucks

CEO Elon Musk says Tesla&#39;s Semi electric truck will have a daily range of 500 miles. Photo: Jack Roberts

FedEx says the 20 Semi, all-electric trucks will be operated by FedEx Freight in its less-than-truckload business unit.

Tags: UPS, PepsiCo, Tesla, Future Trucks, FedEx, Anheuser-Busch, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Tesla Semi

March 27, 2018 - Industry News

FCMSA Seeks Public Comment on Autonomous Vehicle Technology

FMCSA wants to hear about regulations and autonomous trucks. Photo: Daimler Trucks

Public comments to FCMSA on autonomous vehicle technology must be received by May 10, 2018 to be included in the organization's study.

Tags: FMCSA, Autonomous Vehicles, Regulations

March 26, 2018 - Industry News

Mack: Labor Shortages Potentially Harmful to Continued Growth

Mack says long-haul spec&#39;d highway tractors have made up 40% of its truck builds so far in 2018. Photo: Jim Park

Jonathan Randall, Mack senior vice president, worries about who will drive all the trucks his company is building today.

Tags: Economy, Technician Shortage, Mack Trucks, Driver Shortage, Technician Training, MATS

March 26, 2018 - Industry News

Teuton Becomes First Woman to Head American Truck Dealers

Jodie Teuton is the first woman to be elected chair of American Truck Dealers in the organization&#39;s 48-year history. Photo: ATD

Jodie Teuton, vice president of Kenworth of Louisiana and Southland Truck Leasing, has been elected chairwoman of American Truck Dealers at the ATD show in Las Vegas. She is the first woman to be elected chair of ATD which was founded in 1970.

Tags: ATD, American Truck Dealers, Leadership, People, Truck Dealers

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