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July 25, 2016 - Product News

Mack Uses Virtual Reality to Show Off Vehicles, Technologies

Screenshot via Mack Trucks

Mack Trucks is offering customers a 360-degree virtual reality tour of its trucks to show what it is like to sit in the cab and ride in a vehicle while on the job.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Pinnacle, mDrive, Virtual Technology, Mack Granite

July 24, 2016 - Product News

Cummins: New X15 Engine Offers High Performance, Economy, Reliability

X15 diesels showed quick throttle response and strong acceleration on the TRC's tracks. Engine brakes were impressively strong, even at low rpm's.

Cummins officials say their next-generation X15 heavy-duty diesel series will offer new value through economy, performance, reliability and support when it replaces existing ISX15 models in January 2017. A year later, a new X12 will supersede the current ISX12.

Tags: Cummins, Cummins X15, Vehicle Performance, Fuel Economy, Engines, Diesel Engines

July 21, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Daimler Profit Rises 3%, Dana Earnings Fall

Car and truck maker Daimler AG reported a slight increase in its second quarter profit, but it expects significantly lower truck sales for this year. Meanwhile, one supplier is feeling the effects of the slowing North American commercial vehicle market.

Tags: Economy, Detroit Diesel, Freightliner, Western Star, Daimler Trucks, Daimler AG, Dana Holding Corp., Earnings, Daimler Trucks North America

July 20, 2016 - Industry News

Mack Weathering Sales ‘Correction’ Well, President Says

Photo: Mack Trucks

Moderating new truck production and trade-ins have avoided layoffs and a greater glut of used trucks on dealers' lots, Dennis Slagle says.

Tags: Economy, Truck Sales, Mack Trucks, Mack Granite

July 20, 2016 - Industry News

Trailer Orders Fall 10% in June

A high number of dry van trailer order cancellations caused the trailer market to perform below expectations in June, as U.S. net trailer orders fell 10% from the month before and 56% compared to June 2015.

Tags: Trailers, Dry Vans, FTR, Trailer Orders

July 20, 2016 - Industry News

Fitzgerald Glider Kits Acquires Two Peterbilt Dealerships

Photo: Fitzgerald Peterbilt

Fitzgerald Glider Kits has finalized the purchase of two Peterbilt dealerships in the southwest region of Virginia, formerly known by the name Performance Peterbilt of Bristol.

Tags: Peterbilt, Dealership, Mergers & Acquisitions, Glider Kits

July 20, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks North America Names SVP of Sales

Jeff Lester Photo: Volvo Trucks North America

Volvo Trucks North America has named Jeff Lester senior vice president of sales, a newly created position within the company, effective Aug. 1.

Tags: Leadership, Truck Sales, People, Volvo Trucks North America

July 19, 2016 - Industry News

Shell Debuts Oils Formulated for API CK-4 and FA-4 Categories

Image: Shell Lubricants

Years of work in the lab and millions of miles of road testing has culminated in three new Rotella engine oils formulated to meet the API CK-4 and FA-4 oil-service categories that will start coming on the market later this year.

Tags: Engine Oils, PC-11, Shell Rotella

July 19, 2016 - Industry News

Great Western Leasing and Sales Acquires Pacific Truck & Trailer

Great Western Leasing and Sales has acquired the Oregon-based new and used trailer dealership Pacific Truck & Trailer.

Tags: Trailers, Dealers, Flatbed Trailers, Repair Shops

July 19, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Makers Hit With Record EU Fines for Price-Fixing in Europe

Mercedes-Benz trucks on display in 2012 at a pre-IAA Commercial Vehicle Show event. Daimler, as the largest of the truck makers involved in the EU investigation, also faces the largest fine. Photo by Sven-Erik Lindstrand.

The European Union is fining five truck makers nearly 3 billion euros for acting as a cartel to fix prices of medium and heavy-duty trucks and time the introduction of technologies to comply with emissions rules.

Tags: Iveco, Daimler AG, MAN, European Commission, European Union, Global, Volvo Group, DAF

July 19, 2016 - Industry News

Earnings Watch: Volvo Says Net Profit Falls, Announces Fine in EU Probe

The Swedish parent to truck brands Volvo, Mack and others reported its second quarter profit slid from a year ago due to lower sales in many parts of the world and has downwardly revised its expectations in North America.

Tags: Volvo, Economy, Volvo Trucks, Earnings, European Union, Volvo Trucks North America, Global

July 18, 2016 - Industry News

Volvo Trucks to Lay Off 300 More Workers at Virginia Plant

Volvo Trucks will lay off around 300 more employees later this year due to weaker truck demand in 2016, according to a report in The Roanoke Times.

Tags: Layoffs, Vehicle Manufacturing, Truck Orders, Volvo Trucks North America

July 18, 2016 - Product News

U.S. Xpress Equips 1,800 Trailers With SAF-Holland Air Disc Brakes

The truckload carrier U.S. Xpress is equipping 1,800 of its new Wabash National and Hyundai Translead trailers with SAF ULX40 Slider Suspension Axle Systems, complete with P89 air disc brakes.

Tags: Trailers, U.S. Xpress, Landing Gear, SAF Holland, Air Disc Brakes

July 18, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Ups Power, Hauling for 2017 Super Duty Pickups

Photo courtesy of Ford.

Ford Motor’s 2017 F-Series Super Duty pickups with aluminum bodies have higher engine output ratings and more towing and hauling capability than ever, while “smart” technologies make backing and monitoring trailers easier.

Tags: Ford F-450, Ford F-250, Large Pickups, Ford Super Duty, 2017-MY, Towing, Aluminum, Lightweighting

July 15, 2016 - Product News

Stoops Offers Climate Controlled Straight Truck

Photo: Stoops Freightliner-Quality Trailer

Stoops Freightliner-Quality Trailer has developed a climate controlled straight truck called the Stoops Specialty Trucks Lite truck in response to customer demand.

Tags: Refrigerated Truck, Custom Vehicles, Straight Trucks

July 14, 2016 - Industry News

Natural-Gas Truck Sales Recover From Slow Start in 2016

File photo

Retail sales of Class 8 natural gas trucks in the U.S. and Canada improved in May, after getting off to a slow start earlier in the year.

Tags: Retail Sales, ACT Research, Natural Gas Vehicles, Alternative Fuels

July 13, 2016 - Industry News

Meritor Wabco Earns Hino Quality and Delivery Awards

Meritor Wabco has received the 2015 Excellence in Quality and the 2015 On-Time Delivery Performance Awards from Hino Motors.

Tags: Hino Trucks, Meritor Wabco, Awards, Suppliers

July 13, 2016 - Industry News

Greenkraft Offers Allison Transmission for Alternative Fuel Trucks

Photo: Greenkraft

Alternative fuel truck and fuel system manufacturer Greenkraft is now offering fully automatic Allison Transmissions on its medium-duty trucks.

Tags: Alternative Fuels, Greenkraft, Allison Transmission, CNG, Propane Autogas, Transmissions

July 11, 2016 - Product News

Volvo, Mack Add Cross-Reference Tool to Online Part Store

Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks have each launched a parts cross-reference feature for the online Select Part Store, making it easier to search for and buy parts online.

Tags: Mack Trucks, Online Tool, Parts and Service, Volvo Trucks North America

July 8, 2016 - Industry News

Kenworth's Body Builder Manual Assists in Planning

A bumper to back-of-cab (BBC) of only 63.4 inches enables the K270 and K370 (pictured) to haul more payload with a shorter overall length. (PHOTO: Kenworth)

The manual contains information and guidelines useful in the truck body planning and installation processes. Early in the vehicle definition and ordering process, body builders can often contribute valuable information that reduces the ultimate cost of the body installation.

Tags: Kenworth, Kenworth K270, Kenworth K370, Upfitters, Body Builders

July 8, 2016 - Product News

Kenworth Offers Automatic Transmission on T880 Short Hood

Photo: Kenworth

Kenworth has announced the option for a 7-speed Allison 4700 Rugged Duty Series fully automatic transmission on its 116.5-inch BBC T880 short hood.

Tags: Kenworth, Allison Transmission, Vocational Trucks, Kenworth T880, Automatic Transmissions

July 7, 2016 - Industry News

Exhibitors Committing to New North American Commercial Vehicle Show

View of Atlanta skyline from Centennial Olympic Park across the street from the GWCC. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

With most major truck makers and tier one component suppliers already committed to next year’s new North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, Ga., organizers say nearly half of the expected exhibit space is already spoken for.

Tags: Events, NACV Show, North American Commercial Vehicle Show

July 6, 2016 - Industry News

Department of Commerce Recommends Tariffs on Chinese Tires

Photo by Jim Park

Commercial truck and bus tires imported from China are benefitting from subsidies from the Chinese government, and as a result the U.S. Department of Commerce says those tires should be subject to tariffs up to 23%.

Tags: China, Tires, Tariffs

July 6, 2016 - Industry News

Class 8 Truck Demand Hits 4-Year Low

Class 8 truck order numbers have hit their lowest point in at least four years, with demand remaining depressed so far in 2016.

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

July 5, 2016 - Industry News

Alkane Truck Adds Gasoline Option

The Dominator (left) and Class 7 truck offerings from Alkane will now be able to be fueled with gasoline as an option. (PHOTO: ALKANE)

Alkane Truck Company will still pursue alternative fuels as its primary source of fuel, but has decided to add the gasoline option to both its line of Class 7 trucks as well as its off-road vehicle, the Dominator.

Tags: Gasoline, Class 7, Propane Autogas, CNG, Alkane Truck Company, The Dominator

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